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Out of the top 40 media outlets compiled by MOM according to their audience shares, more than two thirds (9 newspapers, 7 television channels, 6 radio stations and 6 websites) are owned by business groups that also operate in sectors such as construction, energy, mining and tourism: Demirören, Doğuş, Ciner, Albayrak, Kalyon, İhlas and Türk Medya.

The Doğan Group has withdrawn completely from the media sector, with the sale of its media assets to Demirören group with USD 916 billion on March 22, 2018.

The shareholders of Demirören, Doğuş, Albayrak, İhlas groups are mostly family members.

Among the top 40 media outlets, except Estetik Publishing, 9 of 10 most popular newspapers, 10 most popular radio channels, 9 of the 10 most popular TV channels (excluding FOX TV), and 7 out of 10 most-clicked news portal (except,, are generally broadcast in line with the president, government and AKP policies.

21 out of 24 owners are male.

3 women are shareholders in the family business.

Meltem Oktay, the daughter of Erdoğan Demirören, is one of the shareholders of Demirören Holding and vice chair of the board of directors. She sits on the Board of Directors in many of the firms owned by the group, including Total Oil.

Deniz Şahenk is a shareholder of Doğuş Holding as well, she was married to Ayhan Şahenk, who died in 2001.

Filiz Şahenk is the daughter of Ayhan Şahenk (founder of Doğuş Holding) and manages the conglomerate's brand clothing and tourism businesses. She's also a shareholder of Doğuş Holding, construction, tourism, real estate, energy and the entertainment sectors among others.

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