Turkish TV star at helm of SAT-7 TURK

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A well-known star of Turkish TV – before and behind the camera – recently became the new head of SAT-7 TÜRK, the Christian satellite television channel for Turkish speakers. His arrival and a move to a larger, dedicated studio are setting the stage for SAT-7 TÜRK to move to a new level of programming and impact as they serve Turkish Christians and those looking for a better understanding of Christianity.

Melih Ekener SAT-7 TURK's new Executive DirectorMelih Ekener, the new SAT-7 TÜRK Executive Director, comes to SAT-7 with over 25 years of experience in the Turkish TV industry as an actor, host, producer and director. He is known nationally both from roles in various TV series and films and from his time as one of the most popular broadcasters on Turkish radio. Behind the scenes, Melih was also a founder of KANAL 6, one of the first Turkish independent television channels.

Now, after being involved with SAT-7 TÜRK for about eight years in various capacities, his new role opens up many opportunities for the channel’s growth. SAT-7 CEO Terence Ascott says, “Melih’s wide experience and industry contacts will be invaluable as we pray and work towards establishing a full 24/7 Turkish channel alongside our Arabic and Farsi channels.”

Melih is excited about his role at SAT-7 TÜRK. He says, “Often in my professional life I asked God, ‘What am I doing in an atmosphere like this?’ But when I began to work with SAT-7 I understood the service that God had been preparing me for.

“SAT-7 is an amazing opportunity for me to share my faith. Before I could only share my faith one-to-one. Now I feel I can combine my personal faith and my professional expertise to help transmit the truth of Christianity into millions of Turkish homes.

“Many Turks have false information and negative perceptions of Christianity. SAT-7 TÜRK has an obligation to present the truth in a culturally appropriate but bold way. I hope that my political and professional contacts will carry SAT-7 TÜRK to the place it merits,” he added.

Meanwhile, the first practical step to make this happen is being taken. Having 'made do' for several years running the channel out of a residential block, the station has leased a dedicated studio space in Turkey and is currently fitting it out to meet the channel's needs in faith that the required funds of £120,000 will flow in.

Analysis

The goal of moving SAT-7 TÜRK programming from its current four hours a day to a 24-hour channel including live broadcasting is timely. Younger Turks today are more open to new perspectives and recent signs of greater government recognition of the rights of Christian minorities are giving Turkish Christians cause for hope.

Act

You can help SAT-7 TÜRK move on to the next level by making a donation to our appeal for SAT-7 TÜRK’s new studio.

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