Turkish broadcaster pulls German program after genocide vote

AP News
Posted: Jun 22, 2016 9:45 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A German public broadcaster says a Turkish television station has pulled its German-language children's news program, citing complaints over the German Parliament's vote to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago genocide.

German broadcaster ZDF's "logo!" program has been broadcast via the pan-European network of Kanal D, part of Turkey's Dogan media company, for nearly a decade. ZDF aimed to reach the children of families of Turkish origin in Germany, many of whom watch primarily Turkish channels.

ZDF said Wednesday Kanal D informed it that the broadcasts had to be ended because of "numerous viewer complaints" about the June 2 vote by the German Parliament — a vote that infuriated the Turkish government.

The German broadcaster said it regrets Kanal D's decision.