In a unique collaboration of four international broadcasters, BBC, DW, France24 and VOA have launched a Turkish-language YouTube channel in Istanbul on April 29, 2019.
The objective of the channel is to provide independent and trusted information, respecting freedom of speech and fostering the expression of different views.
The diverse programming of +90 is aimed at Turkish-speaking users living in Turkey and abroad, who are interested in international politics, business, social issues, science and culture.
Representatives of the four international broadcasters held a joint press conference in Istanbul for the launch of the new YouTube channel.
DW Director General Peter Limbourg: "These four media outlets stand for unbiased, independent journalism and freedom of the press. With the unique joint approach that is +90, we are reaching out to Turkey. There is great international interest in this country. We would like to contribute to a better understanding by offering a platform for dialogue and involving the audience in ways we haven’t done before."
BBC World Service Group Director Jamie Angus: "BBC Turkish has a simple mission — to have our independent and trusted news content seen by as many Turkish-speakers as we can reach. For YouTube audiences, it makes sense to bring together a lot of great content in one place, alongside other news providers who share our approach, and so we think this project will attract fresh interest from new audiences who haven’t engaged with us before."
FMM Chairwoman & CEO Marie-Christine Saragosse: "Digital technology has completely transformed the way people keep themselves informed about world events. This is particularly true for the younger generations. But the advent of online platforms has also seen a surge in fake news, one of today’s great banes. In this environment offering certified, verified information is one of the core missions of France Médias Monde. That is precisely what compelled us to join our European, British and transatlantic partners and become an associate partner in launching +90."
Eric Phillips, program manager South and Central Asia Divison at VoA: "We are supporting +90 because we want to create truly impactful content and conversations that matter. VoA's approach is 'digital first' and via YouTube we hope to reach young, influential people. It is paramount that they can express their opinions freely."
The international broadcasters will contribute selected video content to the +90 channel where users will find a growing variety of reports, interviews and features. All content is available on demand. The videos premiering on April 29 include:
A BBC News Turkish series about unemployment among Turkish university graduates. A DW report about the crisis of the Turkish construction sector. A feature from VOA on artificial intelligence. And France24 explores Leonardo Da Vinci’s final years in France’s iconic Loire Valley.
Explore the new channel: youtube.com/plus90
The BBC started broadcasting in Turkish in 1939. BBC News Turkish (BBC News Türkçe) is part of BBC World Service which delivers news content around the world in English and 41 other language services, on radio, TV and digital. BBC World Service reaches a weekly audience of 279m. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 347m people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.
Founded in 1953, Germany’s international broadcaster DW today offers TV channels in English, German, Spanish and Arabic. Radio and online content is available in 30 languages. Programs include news, features, talk formats and documentaries covering everything from politics, business and science to arts, culture and sports. DW promotes exchange and understanding between the world’s cultures and people and provides access to the German language. For +90 DW acts a channel manager and oversees the upload of content from all partners.
dw.com/tr (DW Turkish)
France 24 (FMM)
FMM, the group in charge of French international broadcasting, comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic and Spanish), the international radio station RFI (in French and 13 other languages) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. France Médias Monde broadcasts to the world in 15 languages. Its journalists and correspondents offer viewers, listeners and Internet users comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints via news bulletins, reports, magazines and debates.
Voice of America (VOA)
VOA is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to a worldwide audience. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press.