It was May 1st, 1948... Printing press start up at Hürriyet for the very first time. This will leave an indelible mark on Turkey; waking the country up to a new newspaper.
Hürriyet was introduced to its readers on May 1st, 1948 and began writing the history of Turkey. Doing journalism without deviating from its guiding principle of providing “impartial, first-hand and accurate reports” since the first day, Hürriyet has become the leader and a role model in the sector. Extending its mission as a role model in print media, Hürriyet is now transforming itself day by day as a global media brand.
With the same enthusiasm of that first day and following the “every morning a new day begins and the printing press runs” approach, Hürriyet became one of the most widely-read newspaper in Turkey and the mirror of a diverse society.
As a newspaper of the masses, Hürriyet has a diverse reader base, from the coffeehouses in the remotest corner of Turkey to the household kitchens. Hürriyet reaches 1,5 million people daily, with its printed newspaper. As part of the globalisation and changing journalism aproach and Hürriyet’s “continuous interaction with readers and stakeholders in every platform” attitude, Hürriyet is now proud to receive 6.8 million visits every day in 68th year of its history through its newspaper, web, tablet and mobile channels.
Operating under the umbrella of Doğan Holding, a strong regional player in the global economy, in addition to its core business of journalism, Hürriyet has expanded into printing, distribution, online services, book publishing, classified ads, TV productions and marketing over the years through its domestic and overseas subsidiaries and affiliates, in keeping with developments and requirements of the sector. In April 2007, Hürriyet acquired a 67.3% equity stake in Trader Media East (TME), the leading ad publishing company in Eastern Europe and Russia, through a tender offer at the London Stock Exchange. Currently 97.29% of TME is owned by Hurriyet. This transaction transformed Hürriyet into a regional player for advertisements in nine countries including Russia. As a result of this major investment, which marked the first time a Turkish company acquired an international corporation that was already a leader in its field, TME joined the Hürriyet family with operations in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Undoubtedly, this investment is a turning point in Hürriyet’s global journey that began long time ago.