All in the family
Dogan Media Group:
Turkey’s largest media group. Its six title comprise about 30 per cent of the country’s total newspaper circulation: Hürriyet, Miliyet, Posta, Fanatik, Radikal and Referans. It also owns 28 magazines and three television channels. DMG is part of Dogan Holding, one of the three largest conglomerates in Turkey, with over 20,000 employees and active in 13 countries in energy distribution, industry, trade and tourism. Founder Aydin Dogan, stepped down on 31 December; a move seen as a capitulation to the government as in the same week, the editor-in-chief of Hürriyet also stepped down after 20 years.
Despite Dogan wanting to buy the second-biggest media conglomerate in 2008, Sabah ATV, the prize went to the Calik Group, headed by Ahmet Calik. He paid $1.1bn. The deal was controversial: Calk is a close associate of the PM, and around two-thirds of the money was loaned by two state-owned banks. Another $125m came from a Qatari company – The Economist reported that Erdogan was said to have lobbied the emir of Qatar personally. The CEO of Calik Holding is Berat Albayrak, the premier’s son-in-law. Turkuvaz Group, the media arm of Calik, also owns 25 magazines and the newspapers Fotomac, Takvim, Yeni Asir, and Sabah and ATV television. Calik Holding also works in energy, textiles, construction, finance and telecoms.