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Founded in 1918 by Necmettin Sadak, Akşam daily was owened by the Çukurova Medya Group from 1997 to 2013. It was sold to Ethem Sancak in 2013. Zeki Yeşildağ purchased “Es Yayıncılık” and its all media assets, including three TV channels, three newspapers and their connected websites as well as two radio stations on August 16, 2017. Akşam daily now belongs to Zeki Yeşildağ's company called Türk Medya as "T Medya Yatırım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş". 

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Türk Medya Group


Ownership Structure

Owned by one person

Voting Rights

According to Article 434 of Turkish Commercial Code, shareholders in corporations ('Anonim Şirket’) use their voting rights in proportion with their shares’ nominal value. Each shareholder has at least one vote, however voting rights might be limited, or given more weight with articles of association. Moreover, public companies may issue shares without voting rights according to Article 14/A of Capital Markets Law.

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Necmettin Sadak, Kazım Şinasi Dersan, Falih Rıfkı Atay, Ali Naci Karacan

Affiliated Interests Founder

Necmettin Sadak founded Akşam daily in 1918.


Ahmet Bayraktutar

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Born in İzmit in 1982, Ahmet Bayraktutar is a graduate of Bilgi University’s Political Science department. He’s been working for Star Media Group since 2011, and is the Chair of the Executive Board (İcra Kurulu Başkanı) at ‘T Medya Yatırım San. ve Tic. A.Ş’, which owns three newspapers, three TV channels and two radios. He’s a member of the Board of Directors at TÜRGEV, a charitable foundation where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son, Bilal Erdoğan, has also been a member. The foundation came to public attention with a corruption investigation in December 2013. In January 2016, President Erdoğan attended his wedding ceremony as the witness.


Mustafa Kartoğlu

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Mustafa Kartoğlu graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Communication in 1990. After working as a corporate press consultant for a while, he worked at Akşam, Yeni Şafak and STAR newspapers. Before he became editor-in-chief of Akşam, he was the Ankara representative of Star newspaper. He started to work as editor-in-chief of Akşam on December 31, 2018.

Other Important People

Hasan Yeşildağ

Affiliated Interests other important people

Hasan Yeşildağ, brother of Zeki Yeşildağ, is known for his close ties with Erdoğan. Based on the book, "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Bir Liderin Doğuşu" by Hüseyin Besli, AKP's 22nd term member of 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.


Atatürk Mahallesi Bahariye Caddesi No: 31
Küçükçekmece 34679 - İstanbul.
0212 478 52 00

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According to Trade Registry Gazette on October 30, 2017, Zeki Yeşildağ is the only owner of the "ES Medya Yayıncılık ve Medya Yatırım Hizmetleri", which is now known as "T Medya Yatırım San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

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