The amazing story of Turkey’s first TV broadcast

30/01/2015 (Anadolu Agency): If you search for an online video of the first broadcast on Turkish television, you may be in for a surprise.The clip purporting to be the 1968 landmark moment in mass communications in Turkey is – according to Turkey’s first TV presenter – actually an elaborately-staged remake, painstakingly reconstructed 15 years after the real event.“The first broadcast was such an important thing and it has gone,” says Turkey’s first lady of television, the urbane 66-year-old Nuran Devres, who now lives in upmarket Istanbul.Claiming that staff at TRT – the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation – accidentally copied over the recording of channel’s first transmission, Devres says the station later scrambled to recreate the historicmoment.Technicians even went so far as to re-shoot the scene in black and white, as color TV had already taken hold.“I was a young girl at the time of the first filming, but when we shot the second one I was already married, my hair was different… everything was different,” Devres recalls…–the-amazing-story-of-turkeys-first-tv-broadcast




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