Historic Expansion of SAT-7's Turkish TV Network to Government-regulated Satellite Now Brings Message of Christ to Millions in Turkey, Europe and Central Asia
SAT-7 TÜRK begins broadcasting on Türksat 4A
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NICOSEA, Cyprus, Feb. 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a historic and unprecedented move, satellite television station SAT-7 TÜRK has begun broadcasting as the first Christian channel on the Turkish government-regulated satellite Türksat 4A, reaching more than 50 million viewers in Turkey, Europe and Central Asia.
Photo: Technician aligns satellite dish to connect to SAT-7 TÜRK, which is now available on government-regulated satellite TURKSAT 4A. Turkey ranks second among nations with the most satellite receivers. SAT-7 TÜRK will now reach more than 50 million viewers in Turkey, Europe and Central Asia.
Until now, SAT-7 TÜRK has only shared satellite time on other SAT-7 channels and streamed 24/7 on the Internet, reaching a limited audience. Because the government-regulated Türksat 4A is the most popular satellite with the largest audience in Turkey, SAT-7 TÜRK can now reach millions of viewers in Turkey and Turkish-speaking viewers outside the country.
Turkey ranks second among nations with the most satellite receivers.
"We are overwhelmed and truly believe it is a miracle that we can finally broadcast on Türksat," said Melih Ekener, executive director of SAT-7 TÜRK. "We have hoped, dreamed and prayerfully anticipated this launch since the station began airing on SAT-7 ARABIC in 2006. It is really a miracle, and we are very thankful to God for what he has been doing."
There are only about 150,000 Christians in Turkey, and a television channel that is produced by local believers, serves their own communities and airs programs about the significant Christian heritage of the country will help reach others for Christ.
SAT-7 TÜRK produces drama, documentaries, music, worship, children's, women's and youth programs and, more recently, live shows. The staff produced 360 hours of new programming in 2014 and is expected to increase that dramatically this year.
The new broadcasts would not have been possible a decade ago.
"So many things have miraculously fallen into place over the past few months that it is impossible to miss the hand of God in facilitating the start of SAT-7 TÜRK broadcasting on Türksat," said Dr. Terence Ascott, founder and chief executive officer of SAT-7. "We give God the praise for this exciting development and also recognize the signal this sends to the world about the Turkish authorities' positive attitude towards Christians and other minorities in the country."
SAT-7 TÜRK began airing on SAT-7 in January 2006 under the name "TURK-7." At that time, it was an independent Christian ministry based in Turkey with an ethos very similar to SAT-7's. In January 2010, TURK-7 fully merged with SAT-7, becoming SAT-7 TÜRK. The incorporation allowed for efficient sharing of resources and a closer alignment of goals and objectives.
To tune in SAT-7 TÜRK, audiences need to go to the TURKSAT 4A satellite at 42 o East, transponder 33 (11,825 MHz Vertical). Viewers can also watch SAT-7 TÜRK online at www.sat7.org/tv2/TV2_turk.html.
Türksat 4A's coverage map is available at coverage map. Additional information about SAT-7 TÜRK is available at www.sat7usa.org/turk.
Since 1996, SAT-7 has brought quality Christian television programming via satellite to more than 15 million viewers throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With international headquarters in Cyprus and five channels, SAT-7 broadcasts in Arabic, Farsi and Turkish, enabling viewers to join a global fellowship of Christians within the privacy of their own homes. Audience Relations Specialists are available throughout these regions to counsel and pray with viewers. For more information, visit www.sat7usa.org.
To schedule an interview with an official from SAT-7, contact Ty Mays at 770-256-8710 or email@example.com.