Television Around the World: Turkey (Enhanced DVD)
Considered literal television addicts by most Europeans, the average Turkish person watches approximately 5 hours of TV on the daily basis. Likened to the Italian community, which is also known for their love of television, the people are Turkey have a sincere love of fine programming. In fact, the country's 16 channels are watched regularly by some 70 million viewers. Given that the country seems so captivated by television and produces 40 new shows each year, this documentary takes a close look at the role TV plays in Turkish culture and surveys its most prominent programming, including Islamic channels, private and racy programming, reality shows, and secular state-run TV. With special commentary provided by Istanbul sociologist Nilufer Narli, discover why television in Turkey is considered "a veritable social phenomenon." (Portions with English subtitles, 26 minutes).