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Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 18
By Klara Altynbayeva - Trend:
The national television channels of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan signed a protocol to create the International Turkic News Channel August 18, Trend's special correspondent reported.
The protocol was inked at a meeting of the Information Ministers and Executives in Charge of Media of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTSS) in Astana.
Moreover, a protocol on cooperation between the national TV channels and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the news agencies were signed at the meeting.
Azerbaijan was represented at the event by a delegation led by Azerbaijani president's aide for public and political affairs, head of the presidential administration's public and political affairs department Ali Hasanov.
The new channel will be informative, the representatives of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan said.
As the Council is currently composed of four countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey), the channel will broadcast in the languages of these four countries, as well as the international language - English, Talgat Kazangap, the chairman of the communication, informatization and information committee, said.
According to the experts, it is early to say about the date of opening a new TV channel as the issue about its funding remains open.
The next meeting on this issue will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Earlier, president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev took the initiative to create a general channel of Turkic-speaking countries. This issue was reflected in the final documents of the Bodrum summit of CCTS member-states in 2014.
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