Today's Zaman, Turkey
Sept 1 2008



TRT to broadcast Armenia soccer match


The Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) will air a World
Cup qualifying match between the Turkish and Armenian national teams
on Saturday, TRT officials have announced.

A nine-member TRT team will travel to Armenia to cover the game. But
while in Armenia, they will also have interviews with Armenian
nationals in the capital city of Yerevan and prepare news features to
give the Turkish audience a better insight into daily life in this
neighboring country.

The TRT recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Armenia's
state-owned Public Television Company to cooperate in a number of
areas. The document, signed in Ankara on Aug. 26, envisages that the
two broadcasters will produce TV programs that will help improve
dialogue between Turkey and Armenia, exchange information and
experiences and collaborate on entertainment and drama programs and
documentaries.

News reports in Azerbaijani media said last week that the first radio
broadcast was organized by Turkish Armenians in the early 1900s.
Speaking to Today's Zaman, TRT Secretary-General Ali Gemuhluo?Ä?lu
said the first radio broadcast in Turkey took place in 1923, according
to official records. "But it is certain that there was radio
broadcasting before that date," he said. ?Ä?°stanbul Today's Zaman