Erdoğan to skip political broadcast slot on Turkish national broadcaster

Neither Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, nor representatives of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will appear on Turkey’s national broadcaster, TRT, to make party political broadcasts ahead of twin presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.

The reason given, according a report in Sozcu newspaper, is that both Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, are too busy with their campaigns to spare time to make the recordings.

TRT traditionally offers candidates from political parties represented in elections slots to make short political broadcasts during the campaign season.

Erdoğan’s decision to not use the TRT platform mirrors that of both Muharrem İnce and Meral Akşener, respective presidential candidates of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the right-wing Good Party. Both declined to make such broadcasts in protest at what they describe as TRT’s unbalanced coverage of the election campaigns, which is heavily slanted towards Erdoğan and his AKP.