March 3, 2004
Emerging Power in the Middle East
the Turkish Media's Role & Future
Conference & Power Point Presentation
by Nuri M.
On Friday, *April 2, 2004 - Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Kidde Building (central campus), Kidde lecture
hall, 228 Kidde
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey
For more information:(201) 216-5399
From Manhattan: New Jersey PATH Trains to Hoboken.
Producer: Bircan Ünver
Organized by: The Light Millennium
Cosponsored by: Stevens Institute of Technology
Humanities and Social Sciences
Imperatore School of Sciences and Arts
For Turkish Media
As Turkey prepares to join the EU, Turkish media enjoys
the freedom of press extended in line with the Copenhagen
criteria and the incredible diversity it presents in a
region where voice of the government usually suppresses
to the preparatory process of joining the EU, Turkey's
role and importance have been increased more than
ever since September 11 in this region, as well as in
the US and worldwide.
aims to contribute to the Turkish Media's recognition
in the US, its potential and proliferation in Turkey,
the Middle East, the Turkic Countries, and its incorporations
with the Western Media. It will also aim at redefining
its new role, potential, and importance in terms of seeking
an answer to the following question: How can the Turkish
Media contribute for the solutions of Middle Eastern problems?
M. Çolakoglu states related, "Redifining
the Turkish Media's Role" that:
Turkish media has a 150 year old history that
began with the westernization and modernization movement
in the Ottoman Empire. With the proclamation of republic
in 1923 first in a country with a mainly Moslem population
media started developing faster.
Introduction of multi party system in 1946 enlarged
the limits of press freedom and this gained enormous
momentum asTurkey is poised to gain accession to the
European Union. In order to meet theCopenhagen criteria
Turkish parliament is weeding out all the limitations
on the freedom of expression, lifting the ban on broadcasting
and publishing in languages other than Turkish
Today Turkey with 21 nationwide, 15 regional and 220
local TV stations, 22 nationwide distributed daily newspapers,
hundreds of magazines is the most colorful, most exciting
media environments in a region stretching from the Balkans
to India. And this multi-angled approach is helping
Turkey to consolidate its democracy and overcome the
taboos of the past.
A Brief Profile of Nuri M. ÇOLAKOGLU:
M. ÇOLAKOGLU, the
Chairman & CEO of the New Media
TV & Advertisement Co., the
Broadcast and Print Media Coordinator at
Media Group, and the General Director of ANS International/Dogan
Media Group in Istanbul.
Nuri M. Çolakoglu
graduated from the Robert College high school in Istanbul,
Turkey. He then received his BA degree in International
Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara
University. He has been working as a professional journalist
and broadcaster since 1965.
He began his
career in the public broadcaster, TRT's (Turkish Radio
Television) newsroom. He continued to work as the
foreign editor of a local news agency and served as stringer
to German news agency DPA, Swedish Television and German
radio WDR. Furthermore, he worked in London at the
BBC World Service between 1980-1986. Afterwards,
he was appointed as the news editor of a leading Turkish
daily newspaper, Milliyet.
Mr. Çolakoglu has been involved solely with television.
He was appointed as the Deputy General Manager of
the public broadcaster TRT. He also launched Show
TV which is the second private TV in Turkey (1992); then
launched Cine 5 - the only pay-TV in Turkey (1993). He hosted
political debate shows. In a critical political period
for Turkey, he launched Turkey’s first news channel
NTV, and afterwards initiated the broadcasting of CNBC-e
in a partnership with CNBC. In October 2001, Mr.
Çolakoglu became the General Manager of CNN-Turk
based in Istanbul, Turkey. Today, he is the Broadcast
and Print Media Coordinator at Dogan Media Group, and
the President of ANS International, the production company
of the group.
is also the major partner and the CEO of the Intermedia
International Communication Co., founded in 1989, and
NMC, New Media Company TV & Advertisement Co., founded
in July 2000.
is very well-versed on the Turkish media as well as the
international media and international political affairs. For
this reason, he is one of the top profiles who
represent the Turkish media and politics in an international
arena with both executive and representative levels. Mr.
Çolakoglu will come to the USA at the end of March
in order to give conferences at Duke University and Washington,
DC before and after his conferences at Stevens Institute
of Technology in New Jersey, on April
2, 2004, Friday 7:00 PM.
had given a conference (organized by MIM) on TV in
Turkey in March 2000 at the Turkish House, and
his conference had received an immense amount of attention
at that time. For more information on the TV in
Turkey event, please visit:
in Turkey, p.1 &
TV in Turkey, p2
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Two other aspects of the conference:
will be video-taped for the Light Millennium TV series
(LMTV); and based on the event, it will be produced for
a 28 minutes television program to be aired under the
LMTV series as a monthly program which is scheduled on
the second week of each month at Queens Public Television
For LMTV Programs
at QPTV: Channel #34, Monday at 9:30 PM, and also on the
same channel, Tuesday at 1:00 PM.
Also, the full
content of the conference will be e-published on the Light
Millennium's e-platform in the next issue. We aim to make
available the content of the conference for all students,
researchers, and interested professionals globally.
About Prof. Edward Foster
poetry editor of MultiCultural Review, Edward Foster is
the founding editor of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary
Poetry and Poetics, Talisman House, Publishers, and Jensen/Daniels,
Publishers. A professor of English and American literature
at Stevens, he is a former visiting professor at Drew
University Graduate Faculty and Beykent University (Istanbul)
and was a Fulbright lecturer at Haceteppe University in
Ankara, Turkey, and at the University of Istanbul. The
co-director of the Russian/American Cultural Exchange
Program, he has been the recipient of various grants and
awards from Columbia University, the National Endowment
for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the USIA arts program, the New Jersey Historical Commission,
Choice, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the
Fulbright Commision, the Greve Foundation, and the Fund
for Poetry. He is a widely published essayist and poet,
and his poetry has been translated into, and published
in, many languages. For further information:, see the
Directory of American Scholars, Contemporary Authors,
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series, The Writers
Directory, The International Writers and Authors Who's
Who, and Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series.
About the Stevens Institute of Technology:
1870 in Hoboken, NJ, Stevens is one of the leading technological
universities in the country. It offers bachelor's, master's
and doctoral degrees.
Unique to Stevens
is its educational environment, called Technogenesis®,
where students, faculty, and industry jointly nurture
new technologies from concept to marketplace realization.(http://www.stevens.edu/main/home/)
About The Light Millennium:
The Light Millennium
/ Isik Binyili is an alternative multi-media platform
that publishes ideas and experiences freely (without
any censorship, within the publishing policy of the
organization) in order to foster a global positive energy and connection among
all peoples by encouraging intellectual productivity and
The Light Millennium
is a public benefit organization, and incorporated on
July 17, 2001 with status #501 ( c ) (3) based in New
York. For more information: About
The Light Millennium
- Turkish media executive Çolakoglu to speak at Stevens
"You are the soul of the Light Millennium."
note that the conference date has changed from April 6
to April 2.
-- Updated on March 23, 2003