Bayrak Radio and Television since 1963
THE VOICE OF THE TURKISH CYPRIOTS
Abusing the constitutional rights of the Cyprus Republic the Greek Cypriots tried to try and take over the island in 1963. During the troubled times Bayrak Radio rose as the voice of the Cypriot Fighters on December 25th 1963.
Bayrak Radio started its first tramsmissions with a 250 metre range, in a small garage where the electricity power was supplied by a couple of car batteries, this range was extended to all over the island by February 1964.
Despite its very limited facilities, Bayrak Radio always supported Turkish Cypriots rights against the Greek attacks until the Peace Operation in 1974. Afterwards the structural reforms in Bayrak Radio provided the opportunity for black and white television transmissions on 19th July 1976. FM transmissions started on 4th December 1977 and colour television transmissions on 1st July 1979.
The first powerful link between Ankara and Lefkoşa was established on 6th July 1979. After the foundation of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 1983 Bayrak Radio became an independent association under a new law and changed its name, becoming the Bayrak Radio and Television Corporation. Two television and five radio channels are on air today:
BRT1 TV and BRT2 TV (since 1997)
Bayrak Radio 1 The voice of the Turkish Cypriots
Bayrak International Foreign language transmissions
Bayrak FM The voice of the youth
Bayrak Classics For the classic fans.
Bayrak Radio 5 Local music transmissions
Bayrak News Turkish and foreign language news channel
Aside from the two television and five radio channels the Internet website www.brtk.net also carries the voice of the Turkish Cypriots and the views of North Cyprus to the whole world.
On 20th June 1998, BRT started satellite transmissions under the name of BRT INT, reaching the audience living in Turkey, Middle East and Europe. Taking the advantage of satellite technology BRT started digital radio and television transmissions in March 2000. At the time only one television and two radio channels reached the areas covered by TURKSAT satellites.
Keeping in mind that Bayrak Radio, the voice of the Turkish Cypriots, went on air in 1963 in a small garage, today all transmissions are broadcast from modern studios with computer automation and up to date broadcasting technologies.