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Euronews to close its Turkish news service

According to the unions, the channel will cease its broadcasts in Italian and Turkish and will lay off 30 journalists.

France-based European television network Euronews has announced plans to end the broadcasts of its Turkish and Italian language news service, union sources have confirmed, noting that the channel plans to fire 30 journalists as part of a restructuring plan.

As reported in a statement by the French National Union of Journalists, the Euronews channel in Italian will be closed, although news in that language will continue to be disseminated through digital media; however broadcasts in Turkish will cease completely, also via the web and other digital media.

Founded in 1993 and based in Lyon (France), Euronews was born as a pan-European news network with the participation of several state-financed channels. However, since 2015 the company Media Globe Networks, owned by the Egyptian magnate Naguib Sawiris, began to take over the majority of the shares of the company and now owns 88% of the shareholding, which has led many critics to question the independence and impartiality of the channel.

With around 500 permanent employees on payroll and broadcasts in 12 different languages, Euronews’ Turkish news service started in 2010 with broadcasts from Lyon via satellite, online, and also via cable television. The announcement of new layoffs in the channel, which has lost a hundred employees since 2017, led Euronews workers this week to organise a one-day strike called by several journalists’ unions.