The post of general broadcasting manager of CNN Türk, an affiliate of the Doğan Media Group, has been assumed by Erdoğan Aktaş, who spent five years at the pro-government ATV channel.
The reshuffling within the Doğan Media Group, which has been receiving threats from pro-government figures who have told the daily’s owner, Aydın Doğan, to fire certain journalists deemed anti-government, continues with new dismissals and postings.
Kanal D, another affiliate of Doğan Media, sacked its General Broadcasting Manager Lale Eren, while General Manager Pelin Diştaş Yaşaroğlu resigned from her post on Tuesday.
Yaşaroğlu was replaced by Barış Tunay, general manager of CNN Türk. Tunay’s vacant post was filled by Aktaş, who spent five years until May 2014 as the general manager of ATV.
The reshuffling in the dailies and TV channels affiliated with the Doğan Media Group began following the Nov. 1 general election.
In previous weeks, the special adviser to Hürriyet Editor-in-Chief Bülent Mumay and veteran Hürriyet journalist Şükrü Küçükşahin were fired.
“I worked happily at Hürriyet for 17 years. I am not angry [at anyone] but I should admit that I am saddened. The person who employed me at Hürriyet was Sedat Ergin and the person who informed me [about my dismissal] this morning was also Sedat Ergin. I should call this a coincidence. I would like to thank the Hürriyet family,” Küçükşahin wrote in a series of tweets on Dec. 2.
The daily has also been receiving threats from pro-government figures, who have told the daily’s owner, Aydın Doğan, to fire certain journalists deemed to be anti-government.
Pro-government Star daily columnist Cem Küçük told media mogul Doğan, “From now on, we will manage you,” while ordering him to fire certain journalists during a TV program aired on Nov. 4.
Doğan, owner of the Doğan Media Group, was threatened live on the television program by Küçük, who said that if he does not fire journalists Nazlı Ilıcak, Eyüp Can and Mumay, he will have to “bear the consequences.”