MBC suspends broadcast of all Turkish serials

The pan-Arab MBC group has stopped the telecast of dubbed Turkish serials since March 2.
Actress Ayca Bingol Cemile Akarsu in the film  in white and Farah Zeynep Abdullah Aylin Akarsu in film  in blackIn Istanbul Turkey during the shooting of the 46th episode of Oyle Bir Gecer Zaman Ki As Time goes by a very popular Turkish drama television series broadcast by Kanal D and produced by Productions DThe series got many awards and broke several viewer records with a continous weekly market share of 50 60  and an average of 25 30 million viewers each week in Turkey and more in the Turkish migration countriesSuch drama series have become popculture phenomenon abroad especially in the Arab world Eastern Europe Middle East but also all across Africa By way of highlighting aspects of Turkish lifestyle they have an increasing geopolitical impact on the regionIn Saudi Arabia Gumuss final episode a popular Turkish melodrama attracted a record 85 million Arab viewers when it aired in Aug 30 2011
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Actress Ayca Bingol Cemile Akarsu in the film in white and Farah Zeynep Abdullah Aylin Akarsu in film in blackIn Istanbul Turkey during the shooting of the 46th episode of Oyle Bir Gecer Zaman Ki As Time goes by a very popular Turkish drama television series broadcast by Kanal D and produced by Productions DThe series got many awards and broke several viewer records with a continous weekly market share of 50 60 and an average of 25 30 million viewers each week in Turkey and more in the Turkish migration countriesSuch drama series have become popculture phenomenon abroad especially in the Arab world Eastern Europe Middle East but also all across Africa By way of highlighting aspects of Turkish lifestyle they have an increasing geopolitical impact on the regionIn Saudi Arabia Gumuss final episode a popular Turkish melodrama attracted a record 85 million Arab viewers when it aired in Aug 30 2011

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The pan-Arab Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) group has stopped the telecast of dubbed Turkish serials according to reports in the Egyptian and UAE media.

“There is a decision that concerns several media outlets in many Arab countries that Turkish dramas are to be taken off air, including MBC,” MBC Group spokesman Mazen Hayek said while speaking to The National. “That was from 1am Saudi Arabian time on March 2.”

MBC officials declined to comment on the suspension and have suspended the TV ads attached with the dubbed Turkish serials but no reasons were given for the decision.

The media reports said that the Saudi – owned group has decided to telecast other TV serials in replacement of the Turkish ones.

The decision has affected six shows notably two dubbed Turkish serials “Al-Dakheel” and “Anta Watani” which were telecasting on MBC Channel 1 when the decision suspending Turkish drama was taken. Al Dakheel is now paused on its fifth episode while the Anta Watani (You Are My Nation) show was currently at the 84th episode.

Turkish TV dramas dubbed in Arabic have been gaining in popularity in the Arab world for several years now, notably smash hits Noor and Ezel.

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