The first and only Chinese-Turkish television channel CTV has begun broadcasting films, documentaries and Chinese cultural and traditional programs to promote Chinese economy, tradition and popular culture.
Turkish viewers wanted to watch a Chinese language television channel will be able to from Thursday, as the first Chinese Turkish television satellite channel CTV is launched.
Founded in cooperation with GB Times, a global media group, and an Istanbul based Turkish media group, Media Times, CTV will broadcast a wide range of television programs; documentaries, films and soap operas in both languages. The TV station will be available to audiences in Turkey and China.
"Not only are economic relations between the two countries growing but the cultural relations are also growing" said Yu Hongyang, China's Ambassador in Ankara.
Followed by millions of people in China, the media platforms of CTV and CTV Youtube will bring together the Turkish audience and the Chinese culture. The channel will also provide Chinese lessons.
Since 2009, when former Turkish President Abdullah Gul paid an official visit to China, the Turkish-Chinese relations have been improving. The two countries have signed many energy and economic agreements.
The ministry said 2012 was the “Year of China in Turkey” while 2013 was the “Year of Turkey in China”.