The Greek TV station Channel 6 (Kanali 6) in the region of Xanthi, Thrace, northeastern Greece and the journalist John Sidiropoulos decided to create a 6 minute information bulletin in Turkish. The purpose was to reduce the isolation felt by the small Turkish community in the area and to provide reliable information on a daily basis. Especially after the abolition of National Public Television there has been a big gap in the amount of information available.
The news bulletin in Turkish will last 6 minutes and will be broadcast immediately after the end of the Greek news at 9 p.m., 11:30 p.m., 01:30 a.m, 08:30 a.m and 15:15 p.m.
Channel 6 and other local media are trying to establish a new communication framework with the Turkish minority in Thrace. A few months ago the Turkish newspaper EYLEM was released in Xanthi. This is the first newspaper that exclusively addresses the Turkish minority in the area.
However there have been several negative reactions. But representatives of Channel 6 and the journalist John Sidiropoulos point out that a TV station cannot resolve issues that have been unsolved for a century. They claim that the political rift between Greece and Turkey should not be confused with the needs of society.
Sidiropoulos specializes in Human Rights and issues relating to ethnic diversity in Greece and Europe. He will soon visit Turkey and the Kultur University in Istanbul where he will investigate the relationship between Greece and Turkey.