A poll commissioned by the Tourism Ministry (based on just over 2000 respondents) reportedly found the following, among other results (click here, in Turkish):
39% watch 2 hours of TV a day, 27% more than 4 hours, but only 15% believe what they hear on TV. 33 % think what’s on TV reflects Turkey’s richness and diversity, 54% don’t. 67% believe that what’s on TV undermines Turkey’s traditional values and beliefs, but only 22% think it suits a modern Turkey. 56% do approve of state TV programs in Arabic and Kurdish and other languages that supported cultural richness. But they don’t like TV serials. 71% don’t think the serials provide youth with good role models. 78% think many of the Turkish serials could lead to psychological problems in children. 69% think they lead children and youth away from cultural values. 79% think women are used as sex objects to improve ratings (only 14% disagreed). The respondents don’t like dating-game type marriage shows and think they probably increase divorce rates. 87% object to the violence on TV, especially sexual violence that could disturb children.
But 59% think that curtailing some of these things (like violence) would be against freedom of the press.
What do people want to see more of? 82% want more programs about Turkish history, architecture, music, literature and art.