Discovery eyes November launch for TLC channel in Turkey

MUMBAI: Come November and Discovery will be launching its female-skewed TLC channel in Turkey as a free-to-air (FTA) channel following its acquisition of Turkish national FTA entertainment channel CNBC-e from Dogus Media Group.


With this, Discovery will have a total of four channels airing in Turkey namely TLC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Science.


The new channel will replace CNBC-e and offer a mix of non-scripted and scripted international entertainment and lifestyle programming. The shows that will be aired on the channel include Fear the Walking Dead, Aquarius, Poldark, Oprah Prime and Oprah’s Master Class. Additionally, the shows that were previously on CNBC-e including The Vikings, Hannibal and Mike & Molly will also find a place on the channel.


''Today marks a new era in our Turkish business, as we close our deal with Dogus Media Group to acquire CNBC-e and announce the launch of TLC - Discovery's leading lifestyle and entertainment channel brand and first free to air channel in the growing Turkish market. Discovery successfully runs both Pay-TV and free to air platforms in a number of markets across Europe, and TLC Turkey will offer a diverse mix of content that adds value to our existing strong portfolio, including dedicated feeds for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Science. TLC is the channel Turkey has been waiting for and we look forward to presenting it to viewers and our commercial partners this November,'' said Discovery Networks CEEMEA EVP and country manager, emerging business James Gibbons.


Dogus Media Group chairman Erman Yerdelen added, ''As Dogus Media Group, we believe Discovery Communications will introduce the Turkish market to a totally new channel, reflecting the latest trends in various types of entertainment under a very strong brand like TLC. We look forward to working alongside Discovery on future projects and offering even more surprises for Turkish viewers.''

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