SAT-7 TÜRK is the first and only Christian channel on the government regulated Türksat 4A satellite. It is historic and more than 50 million viewers in Turkey and many more Turkish speaking viewers in Europe and Central Asia will be able to watch SAT-7 TÜRK.
We are overwhelmed and truly believe it is a miracle that we can finally broadcast on Türksat. We have hoped, dreamed and prayerfully anticipated this launch since the station began airing on SAT-7 ARABIC in 2006. It is really a miracle and we are very thankful to God for what he has been doing,” says Melih Ekener, Executive Director of SAT-7 TÜRK.
It is a huge step forward. Until now, SAT-7 TÜRK has only shared time on other SAT-7 channels and, more recently, broadcast 24/7 on the Internet. “Türksat 4A is the most popular satellite with the largest audience in Turkey, reaching more than 50 million viewers and wider audiences in Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are ready for this launch event though, at this point, we only have a total staff of 20 people. We will make it!” effused an enthusiastic Melih Ekener.
THE NUMBER OF PROGRAMS WILL INCREASE IN 2015
SAT-7 TÜRK is already familiar with producing different kinds of programs such as drama, documentaries, music, worship, children’s, women’s and youth programs and, more recently, live shows. The staff produced 360 hours of new programming in 2014, but this is expected to increase dramatically in 2015.
Most programs are produced in the SAT-7 TÜRK studios in Istanbul. “We make programs that respect and cherish the cultural values of the country, and enable the world to see an often missing color in our perceptions of the country. This would not have been possible without the Turkish authorities taking the time and interest to engage with Christians and accept our applications, granting us a frequency on this official state satellite. We praise God for this moment. We rejoice in the decision of the Turkish authorities and join all Turkish Christians in giving thanks for this historic development.”
SERVING 150,000 CHRISTIANS
Christianity has deep roots in Turkey’s history. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked and many people have been fed misinformation and carry misperceptions about Christ, Christianity and its important influence in early Turkish history.
“We are very excited about this new opportunity to broadcast to a much wider segment of the Turkish speaking community. For those who do not know the context and history of Turkey this might not come across as a historic moment, but it really is. There are now only around 150,000 Christians in Turkey, and a television channel that is produced by them, serving their own communities and airing programs about the significant Christian heritage of the country would not have been possible a decade ago. This shows how much Turkey has changed and, even in the midst of often disturbing news we read about Turkey, there are some great things going on,” says Melih Ekener.
THE HAND OF GOD
Dr. Terence Ascott, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at SAT-7 is also impressed by these exciting developments. “So many things have miraculously fallen into place over the past few months that it is impossible to miss the hand of God in facilitating the start of SAT-7 TÜRK broadcasting on Türksat. We give God the praise for this exciting development, and also recognize the signal this sends to the world about the Turkish authorities’ positive attitude towards Christians and other minorities in the country.
- Turkish broadcasting began on the SAT-7 ARABIC channel in 2006 with 4 hours per week.
- The channel expanded to 4 hours a day on the SAT-7 PARS channel in 2006.
- The past year, SAT-7 TÜRK has been broadcasting 24/7 over the Internet.
- To tune in to SAT-7 TÜRK, go to the Türksat 4A satellite at 42º East, transponder 33 (11,825 MHz Vertical)
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