11.15 UPDATE: Turkey’s Dogan TV has signed a deal with Time Warner that will pave the way for the introduction of Cartoon Network and TNT into the country. The two 24-hour channels will commence broadcasting in January 2008. The announcement follows the launch of TNT in Spain, the first time Turner has launched an entertainment channel in Europe, though the brand was earlier used for Turner’s UK-based movie channel.
Dogan TV is part of the Dogan Yayin Holding and already operates three national channels (Star TV, CNN Turk and Kanal D), 15 thematic channels and two services (EuroD and EuroStar) aimed at viewers outside Turkey. It also owns an entertainment channel in Romania with Switzerland’s Ringier AG.