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Sabah was founded by Dinç Bilgin in 1985. 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-Sabah to Zirve Holding, owned by Kalyon Group, in 2013. The daily is known for its support for President Erdoğan and the ruling AKP.

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Kalyon Group


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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

Dinc 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.

Haluk Kalyoncu (the son of Hasan Kalyoncu, the founder of the Kalyon Group) and Yelda Demirören (the daughter of Yıldırım Demirören, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Demirören Holding) got married on April 13, 2019. President Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan were the marriage witnesses.The marriage was reported as the company marriage of Turkuvaz and Demirören Groups.


Erdal Şafak

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Erdal Şafak was born in 1945. He studied economics. Şafak started to work as a journalist in 1970 in İzmir. He worked in several daily newspapers such as Hürriyet, Yeni Asır, Günaydın, and Sabah.

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Serhat Albayrak

Cemal Kalyoncu

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 Kalyoncu is the Chair of Board of Directors.


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