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Turkish TV channels compete for Ramadan viewers

Turkey's TV channels promote their shows and entertainment programs in the runup to Ramadan, revealing rifts among moderate and more pious Muslims, as well as the battle between the Justice and Development Party and the Gulen movement.

Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims and will begin this year in Turkey with the evening prayer June 17. The first day of fasting will be June 18 and Eid-al-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan, will start July 17.

Ramadan is the Arab world's most important month for TV programming, and the TV networks' battle to provide the most popular Ramadan TV show is now taking place behind closed doors. Almost all TV networks in Turkey have revised their daytime and evening programming for the Ramadan season. Some TV networks have started publicizing their Ramadan programming schedule.

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