The Radikal Daily, a newspaper in Turkey, has adopted a tabloid format and new columnists under editor Eyüp Can, states Today's Zaman. "The Doğan Media Group recently decided to merge Referans, a daily economic review, and Radikal and replaced former Radikal Editor-in-Chief İsmet Berkan with Can," according to the article. The new design for the Radikal was published yesterday.
Murat Yetkin, the Radikal's Ankara representative, said the newspaper has become stronger since the Referans affiliation. He said there is a stronger team in politics and the economy. "Yetkin said it is not only the size but also the editorial line of the daily that has changed," adds the article. The Radikal is more pro-freedom now, according to Yetkin.
Can said his aim is to revive the "brave journalism Radikal excelled at in the mid 1990s after the 1996 Susurluk affair, which exposed links between the Turkish state, the criminal underworld and Turkish security forces." The new Radikal will criticize every movement against freedom, states the author of the article. The new columnists for the paper are jurist Dilek Kurban, who works for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, Professor Binnaz Toprak from Boğaziçi University along with journalist Cüneyt Özdemir, filmmaker Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Özgür Mumcu, the son of the murdered journalist Uğur Mumcu.
The new design is a "radical change," said Can, adding that while tabloid papers are popular in the UK, they are not as popular in Turkey. Can described the new design concept as "like giving birth to a baby," reports the article. He also added that he is excited for the change and that readers will have a few surprises as well.
Other newspapers that have moved tabloid designs are France's La Tribune, which changed to a tabloid paper last year and Germany's Handelsblatt, which also made the switch a year ago. Hawaii's Honolulu Star-Bulletin switched to a tabloid format that was organized into sections. Plus, according to numbers by ABC, tabloid sales have gone up while broadsheets have gone down. But will this work in Turkey?
Source and Image: Today's Zaman