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Individual Owners

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 5 websites) are owned by business groups that also operate in sectors such as construction, energy, mining and tourism: Doğan, Doğuş, Demirören, Ciner, Albayrak, Kalyon, İhlas and companies owned by Ethem Sancak.

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

Except for Doğan Group (which owns two newspapers, two televisions, a website and a radio channel) the top 40 media outlets researched by MOM publish mainly news that are in line with the President's, the government and the ruling AKP.


Women mostly in family businesses


Out of 35 owners, 10 are women. At least 7 of them are shareholders in their family businesses. Aydın Doğan's daughters, Hanzade Doğan Boyner, Arzuhan Yalçındağ, Vuslat Doğan Sabancı and Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı, have executive roles in various media operations of the group.

Meltem Oktay, the daughter of Erdoğan Demirören, is one of the shareholders of Demirören Holding, which holds the majority shares of the companies that publish Milliyet and Vatan newspapers. She sits on the Board of Directors in many of the firms owned by the group, including Total Oil.

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, active in banking and finance (Garanti Bank), construction, tourism, real estate, energy and the entertainment sectors among others. Deniz Şahenk is a shareholder of Doğuş Holding as well, she was married to Ayhan Şahenk, who died in 2001.

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