Edited By Corina Daba-Buzoianu, Hasan Arslan and Mehmet Ali Icbay
Change in the Structure of Media Ownership in Turkey: Example of Milliyet and Vatan Newspapers
Milliyet and Vatan, which are important newspapers for Turkish readers, were taken in hand in the content of this study and their ownership structures have changed several times from the beginning. The change in ownership of Milliyet is especially interesting because of its history and circumstances of time. Ali Naci from a journalist family established Milliyet in 1950 and it became one of the most effective newspapers of Turkey in a short time. However, until the year 1979, the newspaper reached an important place in Turkish press by organisation of Abdi İpekçi who was the managing editor but was killed in the same year. Following this, Ercüment Karacan, who was son of Ali Naci Karacan, sold Milliyet to Aydın Doğan because of some economic and family problems. This is so important because after this time, capital from other sectors started to make investments in the press. Aydın Doğan has become one of the most important actors in Turkish press in a short time after buying Milliyet. Because of economic problems in 2009, Aydın Doğan had to sell Milliyet and Vatan to Demirören-Karacan consortium. In this study, ownership structures of Milliyet, which are so important for Turkish press history, and Vatan, which has got an important place in Turkish press in a short time with its writers and owners, will be taken in hand in terms of the economy-politic approach.
Turkish Press History and...