UK Elections 2012 on Kibris Genc TV – British Turks decide!

Kibris Genc TV will be broadcasting a UK 2012 election special next Tuesday 1st May. The two hour live TV show from the channel’s North London studios aims to inform British Turkish voters about the British elections on 3rd May, when a new Mayor of London and councillors for the Greater London Assembly and other city councils across the country will be voted in. The TV programme will be broadcast in English between 22.30 and 00.30. Host Fevzi Hussein will be asking the questions raised by British Turks to candidates from all four main political parties. He will also be joined in the studio by commentators such as John Colbert from the Communications Workers Union and Suzan Nuri, the former editor of weekly newspaper the London Turkish Gazette.

The Tuesday night TV Election Special aims to give a platform to the UK’s 500,000 Turkish speaking community to air their views about what the main election issues are and who will be getting their vote on 3rd May. During the two hour programme, community and expert commentators will join representatives from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties, with Mayoral candidates from all four main political parties also expected to take part. A lively show is expected, with viewers able to participate via social media (facebook.com/BritishTurksDecide and twitter.com/ukturksdecide and #britishturksdecide) or by emailing or calling in to the show with their comments and questions.

Two years ago, Kibris Genc TV made history as the first TV channel to broadcast a programme on the British elections specifically for British Turkish viewers. Guests such as the British Minister for Education David Lammy, Channel 4 News reporter Simon Israel and Operation Black Vote’s Simon Woolley joined a host of community leaders and political candidates to discuss the UK General Elections. This 2012 TV Election Special is being sponsored by the Communication Workers Union and Turkish Cypriot human rights group Embargoed!, with both organisations keen to see British Turkish voters engaged. The show will be broadcast live on Turksat, D-Smart and via Kibris Genc TV’s website, www.kibrisgenctv.com.

The show’s presenter Fevzi Hussein said, “We are a large community, yet sadly many of us are dis-engaged with politics. We get vocal when issues upset us, whether it’s job or service cuts, the cost of travel in London, or discrimination against Turkish Cypriots. Where it really matters though is at the ballot box – no vote, no voice!” He continued, “In London especially, with nothing to split the two main candidates in the Mayoral race it has never been so close, British Turkish voters could hold the balance of power. So tune in next Tuesday and put these candidates to the test. Then get out and vote on Thursday!”

About Kibris Genc TV, www.kibrisgenctv.com

Making its first broadcast on 31 May 1997, Kibris Genc TV is North Cyprus’ oldest and most popular commercial TV channel. Headquartered in Nicosia and part of the Birinci Media Group, it primarily broadcasts in Turkish 24 hours a day. Its diverse content is a mixture of live and pre-recorded programmes covering news, the economy, lifestyle, sport, culture, documentaries, films, and talk shows. Its UK arm was established in 2009 and is the only Turkish TV channel with its own studios in London. It serves the UK’s 500,000 Turkish speakers with a daily two hour evening slot dedicated to local community news and culture, such as the London Magazine and London Sport, as well as interviews and studio based talk shows involving local people. The North London based production team also supply daily news bulletins and features that are included in the channel’s main news programmes.

About the UK election special presenter

Fevzi Hussein has been involved in the trade union movement for over 20 years, working with the Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS), the General Municipal & Boilermakers Union (GMB), and his current employer the Communications Workers Union (CWU). He is well known throughout the movement for his tough views on equality and discrimination. He regularly works with CWU members to support them with their employment disputes and has also lectured on his specialist area of racism and Islam for ETUI (the pan-European equivalent of the Trade Union Congress), as well as assisting trade union movements from new EU member states. In addition, he has served as a freelance Cultural Advisor [Islamic principles] to the Metropolitan Police (MET), PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). He is an honorary member of the MET’s Turkish Police Association. He joined human rights group Embargoed! in 2006 and served as the group’s chair from 2007 to 2011. He is a former presenter and founder of the DriveTime show on London Turkish Radio and a columnist for the Cyprus Star newspaper. Fevzi is married with three children and his hobbies include football, tennis, cycling, newt breeding and fund-raising for Cancer-related charities.

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