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ATV was founded by Dinç Bilgin in 1993. After Turkey's Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) confiscated Dinç Bilgin's Etibank, Turgay Ciner purchased ATV and Sabah in 2005. In 2008, ATV and Sabah were acquired by Çalık Group, close to the AKP, for $1.1 billion in an auction. The Competition Board approved the sale of ATV and Sabah to Zirve Holding, owned by Kalyon Group, in 2013. It is a partisan TV channel.

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Kalyon Group


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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Dinç Bilgin

Affiliated Interests Founder

Dinç Bilgin was a media tycoon who founded many media outlets including Sabah, Takvim, Yeni Yuzyil, Fotomac newspapers. He was also the founder of ATV, one of the leading TV stations.


Ömer Faruk Kalyoncu

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Ömer Faruk Kalyoncu is CEO of Zirve Holding, which owns Turkuvaz Medya Group. He is the son of Hasan Kalyoncu, founder of Kalyon Group. His uncle Orhan Cemal Kalyoncu is the CEO of Kalyon Group. In 2004, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was the prime minister back then, was a marriage witness in his wedding. Former President Abdullah Gül and former AKP ministers Abdülkadir Aksu, Recep Akdağ, Hüseyin Çelik, Cemil Çiçek, Hilmi Güler, Zeki Ergezen, Sami Güçlü and Osman Pepe were also among guests in the wedding. Turkish Competition Board approved the sale of Sabah-ATV to Zirve Holding, owned by the Kalyon Group, which is active in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors.


Ali Türkaslan

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Ali Türkaslan became the General Manager of ATV in 2021. Türkaslan has been serving as the General Manager of Minica and ATV Europe since 2017.

Ali Türkaslan, a METU graduate, has been working at Turkuvaz Media Group since 2008.

Other Important People

Serhat Albayrak

Cemal Koyuncu

Metin Ergen

Affiliated Interests other important people

Serhat Albayrak is the vice chairperson of Turkuvaz Media Group. He is the brother of former Minister of Energy Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was a board member of Calik Holding, former owner of Sabah and ATV, until he became the CEO of Star newspaper 2006.

Cemal Koyuncu is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Kalyon Holding.

Metin Ergen is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Turkuvaz Media Group and general manager of ATV. He was the CFO of Çalık Holding and Çalık Energy in 2007-2008. He was an auditor of Kuveyt Turk and Turk Ticaret Bank. He served as the finance coordinator in Star newspaper in 2006 and 2007. He is the vice CEO at Turkuvaz Media Group.


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