Turkey: Broadcaster stops showing American cowboy films

12 September 2018
As US-Turkey relations deteriorate, the Turkish state-run broadcaster TRT has stopped showing classic cowboy films on Sunday mornings.
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The decades-long Turkish tradition of watching a classic American cowboy film on Sunday morning came to an end in August 2018, with state-run broadcaster TRT giving them the flick as US-Turkey relations deteriorate, reported the Saudi Arabia-based Arab News.

American Westerns have been shown at 9.55am on Sundays since the 1980s; according to NRT News, the John Wayne film Big Jake that aired on 19 August was the last. TRT will now show films supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture in that timeslot.

The change comes after a diplomatic dispute over US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is under house arrest on charges relating to the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey. After calling for his release and warning of sanctions, the US in August doubled its tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium imports.

Arab News says the decision comes after the Turkish media watchdog, Radio and Television Supreme Council, warned about the expansion of American imperialism and culture through movies.

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