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.