Güneş was founded in 1982 by Ömer Çavuşoğlu and Ahmet Kozanoğlu, partners in various major construction and banking investments such as Hisarbank, daily Güneş was shut in the early 90s and changed hands many times, including the Ilıcak family, until being bought by the Çukurova Group in 1997. In 2013, it was seized along with Akşam newspaper by the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey, and was later sold to Ethem Sancak who is openly very supportive of the ruling AKP and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Zeki Yeşildağ purchased “Es Yayıncılık” from Ethem Sancak and its all media assets including three TV channels, three newspapers and their connected web-sites as well as two radio stations on August 16, 2017. Güneş daily now belongs to Zeki Yeşildağ's company called Türk Medya as "T Medya Yatırım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş"
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Ömer Çavuşoğlu, Ahmet Kozanoğlu
Affiliated Interests Founder
Ömer Çavuşoğlu founded Güneş gazetesi with Ahmet Kozanoğlu in 1982. The two were also partners in construction and banking, with shared investments such as Hisarbank.
Ahmet Kozanoğlu founded Güneş gazetesi with Ömer Çavuşoğlu and acted as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors until the newspaper was sold 1983. Kozanoğlu and Çavuşoğlu were also partners in construction and banking, with shared investments such as Hisarbank.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Zeki Yeşildağ (born in 1961 in Rize) has various companies dealing with construction and food business since the 1990ies – and he also has recently purchased a media company. Since 1989, he has been in politics, e.g. as a member of the AKP's board of directors and city council in İstanbul. He is a graduate of the Zürich Kaufmenischelem Institut, majoring in Business. He is the chairman of the executive board of Türk Medya. In 2017, Zeki Yeşildağ purchased “Es Yayıncılık” and its all media assets including three TV channels, three newspapers, and their connected web-sites as well as two radio stations, owned by Ethem Sancak. The firm's capital is now 19 million 40 thousand Turkish liras. According to Trade Registry Gazette published on October 30, 2017, Zeki Yeşildağ is only owner of the company. In addition to his investments in media sector, according to Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, he is a partner of Burak Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi and member of the board of directors at Kased Enerji Anonim Şirketi.
The media outlets of Es Yayıncılık has been previously following the rhetoric of and political line the ruling party AKP. The media group, for example, stated that they are one of the cornerstones of the "New Turkey", a rhetoric used by Erdoğan to define the vision of a new country with immense power and democracy. The sale did not change its stance toward to government.
The brother of Zeki Yeşildağ, Hasan Yeşildağ is known with his close ties with Erdoğan. Based on the book, "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Bir Liderin Doğuşu" by Hüseyin Besli, AKP's 22nd term parliament, Hasan Yeşildağ is said to have committed a crime on purpose, just to be jailed for four months in order to protect Erdoğan in prison.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Turgay Güler has worked as the Editor in Chief of Güneş newspaper since February 2015. He started his journalism career as a reporter for Kanal 7. was previously a columnist for Akşam newspaper, and his program ‘Sıradışı’ was aired on Ülke TV.
Other Important People
Murat Sancak is a member in the Board of Directors.
Affiliated Interests other important people
Hasan Yeşildağ is the brother of Zeki Yeşildağ. He is known with his close ties with Erdoğan. Based on the book, "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Bir Liderin Doğuşu" by Hüseyin Besli, AKP's 22nd term parliament, Hasan Yeşildağ is said to have committed a crime on purpose, just to be jailed for four months in order to protect Erdoğan in prison.
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(15.05.2015) Ethem Sancak: Erdoğan'ı gördükçe aşık oldum, böyle bir ilahi aşk iki erkek arasında olabiliyor. T24. Retrieved in October 2016 from: http://t24.com.tr/haber/ethem-sancak-erdogani-gordukce-asik-oldum-boyle-bir-ilahi-ask-iki-erkek-arasinda-olabiliyor,296777