May 21 2018

Three TV hosts axed in Doğan Media Group shakedown

Three television personalities have been dismissed on Monday in the ongoing shakedown that has followed the takeover of the secular Doğan media group by a businessman with close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) earlier this year, reported pro-government newspaper Habertürk. 

Demirören Holding, which bought the Doğan media conglomerate for $916 million, already owned a media group including Vatan and Milliyet newspapers.

Popular late-night talk show host and comedian Beyazıt Öztürk, known more commonly as Beyaz, will no longer be hosting a weekly entertainment program on Kanal D, the site said.

‘’The Beyaz Show’’ holds the title of longest running late-night talk show on Turkish television.

On Jan. 6, 2016, a teacher named Ayşe Çelik called in the popular Saturday night show hosted by Öztürk and said the clashes between Kurdish insurgent groups and the Turkish security forces are not represented correctly on Turkish media. Çelik's comments landed her on jail with her six-month-old baby. She has since been released. 

Meanwhile, journalist Deniz Zeyrek, host of news program ‘’Parametre’’ (parameter) on CNN Türk television for the past six years was axed, independent news site Diken reported. Zeyrek, who is also a columnist for Hürriyet daily, shared the news on his Twitter account, along with a photo with this colleagues.

‘’I’ve come to the end of my parameter,’’ Zeyrek said.

CNN Türk television’s anchorwoman Ahu Özyurt has also been fired, the site reported, following days of talk that the experienced anchorwoman would be parting ways with the station.