TURKEY

First Turkish-Armenian TV station launched in Turkey

Turkey's first has hit the airwaves, according to the spearheading the project.

"Every Friday night, for the first time in Turkey we're broadcasting news in Western Armenian," said , the station's chief, referring to one of the two branches of the Armenian language.

"We also have live broadcasts two days a week," he told Anadolu Agency, adding that they hope to expand the program schedule.

Turkish, a multiethnic, multicultural society, has a sizeable population of ethnic Armenians.

The station's team started work on -- meaning "light" in Armenian -- nearly two years ago, Kuran explained.

Kuran thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his support during the setup process, even as they faced some difficulties.

The station will include news items from Anadolu Agency as translated into Armenian, as well as spotlights on politics, fashion, culture, contemporary issues, and music and programs for children, he added.

Most of the programs will be in Armenian, he explained, but some will be in Turkish as well.

National Turkish broadcaster TRT has also given the station access to its archive, including documentaries on minorities, he said.

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