Discovery takes TLC to Turkey

Discovery Communications' entertainment and lifestyle network TLC is launching in Turkey in November, replacing national free-to-air channel CNBC-e. (Pictured: James Gibbons, EVP and country manager of emerging business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA)
October 8, 2015

Discovery Communications’ entertainment and lifestyle network TLC  is launching in Turkey in November, replacing CNBC-e.

The completed acquisition of CNBC-e, a national news and entertainment free-to-air channel, is part of Discovery’s partnership with Doğuş Media Group, which was announced in July.

TLC Turkey will feature lifestyle, reality and factual entertainment programming, as well as scripted drama. Premieres include U.S. series Fear the Walking Dead and Aquarius, British period drama Poldark, while returning CNBC-e titles The Vikings, Hannibal and scripted comedy Mike & Molly will also air on TLC.

 Other titles come from within the Discovery Communications portfolio, including OWN’s Oprah Prime and Oprah’s Master Class.

“Discovery successfully runs both pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in a number of markets across Europe, and TLC Turkey will offer a diverse mix of content that adds value to our existing strong portfolio, including dedicated feeds for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery Science,” said James Gibbons (pictured), executive VP and country manager of emerging business for Discovery Networks CEEMEA, in a statement.

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