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    Looking at future role of the media

    Hürriyet Daily News
    10.07.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    ISTANBUL - The increasing convergence of the media and communication sectors and the opportunities this creates are being discussed in a two-day summit that began Thursday in Istanbul at the World of Wonders Congress Center.

    The "Communication Turkey 2009: Media and Communication Summit" defines the convergence of the media and communication sectors as the media’s increasing use of technologies supplied by the communication sector to produce and disseminate information.

    State institutions such as the Prime Ministry, Transportation Ministry, the Supreme Board of Radio and Television, or RTÜK, as well as Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, or TRT, supported the summit. The Secretariat General for European Union Affairs was lifeless at the opening ceremony. Almost half the hall was empty, but the media's interest was high. Egemen Bağış, state minister and chief negotiator with the EU, could not attend the summit due to another meeting, although he was in the program. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç also attended the ceremony and gave a speech.

    "While technological development triggers improvement in both the media and communication sectors independently, on the other hand telecommunication and media sectors are related to each other. This situation will lead telecommunication and media services to be provided from the same environment," Arınç said. He also said he expects the Turkish media to have a more responsible broadcasting policy concerned for the public benefit.

    Meanwhile, in the first session of the summit on public broadcasting, Michael Peters, the general manager of euronews, said TRT became one of the big shareholders of euronews. He said that at the beginning of next year a full-time Turkish version of euronews would be launched.
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