Radio host and lawyer Cenk Uygur started The Young Turks as a talkshow on Sirius in 2002. In 2005, he started posting TYT videos to YouTube, an early arrival to the then-fledgling startup, and it has since grown into a 60-employee bicoastal operation that produces shows ranging from current events and sports to pop culture and tech on 18 YouTube channels. The network’s flagship remains “The Young Turks,” a live weekday news and commentary program hosted by Uygur and Ana Kasparian.
Josh Sternberg | September 25, 2012
Original article at digiday.com
If you were to think of the top news and politics channel on YouTube, you’d probably think it’s one of the big boys: CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox. You’d be wrong. According to OpenSlate, a company that provides metrics and rankings for YouTube channels, the highest ranking news and politics channel is The Young Turks.
Chavala Madlena | April 26, 2010
Original article at The Guardian
TYT, which came to national prominence in 2005 with a 99-hour “Live, On Air Filibuster” during supreme court nomination hearings, is also part of a media revolution. Its filibustering was quickly followed by a decision to launch on YouTube. It now averages 13 million viewers a month. The show has been able to keep pace with the mighty networks it competes with by using its popularity to book a wide variety of guests, some of whom may not return: “I heard from [US Senate majority leader] Harry Reid’s office, after his interview, that we were effectively blacklisted for future interview requests. I didn’t really shed a tear. We’re gonna be all right.”
Haydn Shaughnessy | January 20, 2014
Original article at Forbes
Or Young Turks (642 million views). This is where my children get their political news and attitude. Huffington Post has signed up Cenk Uygur, the front man- which is very smart. While Arianna Huffington might want to do a CNN, she knows enough to do buy-in teen and twenties attitude too. Young Turks sounds like improv but the viewpoints are astute and they connect through people with admirable lashings of insight.
Joshua Cohen | July 15, 2011
Original article at TubeFiler
The Young Turks uploaded its first video to YouTube on December 25, 2005. The liberal-progressive and self-proclaimed “first internet TV news show” was created by Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, Dave Koller, and Jill Pike and born out of a defunct Sirius Satellite Radio program of the same name. It’s done much better online.
Eric Blattberg | October 31, 2014
Original article in Digiday
Here’s a surprise: The most popular news channel on YouTube is not CNN, The New York Times or Vice, but The Young Turks.
With its political and social news coverage, The Young Turks channel racks up roughly 37 million monthly views, according to OpenSlate data. But The Young Turks has expanded intoan entire digital network, with 35 channels spanning sports, technology, film, college life and dozens of other areas. Together, the network attracts over 75 million monthly views from more than 3 million subscribers.
Cenk Uygur can pinpoint the day he realized that Facebook FB 2.48% video was going to rewrite his business model. It was April 6, the day his digital-video startup, TYT Network, uploaded a clip to the social network called “Teachers Sent to Jail FOR DECADES.”
The Young Turks, a progressive-leaning news organization that has built a sizable following on YouTube following a brief run on Current TV, on Monday will launch “Final Judgment,” an original five-days-a-week series created for Facebook.
Evan DeSimone | May 20. 2015
The Webby Awards, which honor the best in internet content creation, finally handed out trophies to their esteemed winners last night.
Unlike traditional award shows where the winners get to drone on and on thanking every person they’ve ever met and giving the audience plenty of unsolicited life advice, the Webbys run a tight ship. The internet likes to keep things short — you get 140 characters for a tweet, six seconds for a Vine, and only five words to make your Webbys acceptance speech.
Fortunately, many of the celebs honored by the awards this week made the most of it. Check out some of the very best 5 Webby acceptances speeches:
In a couple of days YouTube will host a big sales presentation at Madison Square Garden, where it will tell advertisers that it is the best place to find today’s video stars.
But here’s another company that wants those same stars on its own property: Victorious, a buzzy startup creating mobile “hubs” for some of YouTube’s brightest lights.
The closely-watched startup, which spent the last year or so in semi-stealth, launched apps for Ryan Higa and the Young Turks last week. It says it has plans to launch several more for other big video stars and brands, including gaming hub Machinima, Freddie Wong’s RocketJump and Michelle Phan, one of the stars YouTube is most proud of launching.
The Young Turks, one of the most popular online news shows in the world, has amassed a YouTube network of millions of subscribers and billions of views. But that wasn’t always the case. MAD AS HELL documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing trajectory of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks’ main host and founder, as he traverses from unknown Public Access TV host to internet sensation by way of YouTube.
The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur on Making Content for Facebook…and Hulu, and YouTube
By Jessica Klein - February 23, 2015
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March 31-April 6, 2014
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10 years, 750 million views, One very popular Internet talk show, And Cenk Uygur, the Turkish CEO unafraid to do it his way.
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Before Cenk Uygur switches on the television or checks news sites for the day’s headlines, the host and co-founder of the progressive online news show The Young Turks , scans Twitter and Facebook. He is looking for the stories about politics and pop culture that are generating buzz but that … [Read More...]
When I ask the Young Turk what stands as competition for his Internet video show on politics, he pauses for a beat.
"Sh," he replies. "I just don't see them yet, thank God. The competition will come at some point and we don't want to be overconfident. But at the same time, right now, we have huge … [Read More...]
He might be the host and founder of the most-watched online news show in the world but Cenk Uygur certainly enjoys making enemies.
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As the self-described ‘grandfathers of YouTube’, The Young Turks and its CEO Cenk Uygur run the largest and oldest news channel on video-sharing site YouTube, while taking aim at traditional media.
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Mike Shields | June 27, 2014
Wall Street Journal
When it comes to news on YouTube, traditional brands like CNN and ABC News are chasing The Young Turks.
Indeed, while you might not think of YouTube as an outlet for news (and to be sure, news isn’t as big on the platform as say, … [Read More...]
Los Angeles | April 16, 2014
A Private Equity Fund Led By Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer Invests in TYT Network Out of Shared Belief in the Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics and The Power of New Media
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Cenk Uygur | Apr 4, 2014
Let me start by quoting two great men and a crook that died the other day.
"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." -- Thomas Jefferson
When … [Read More...]
The Young Turks claims the title of world’s largest online news network, and it just backed up that fact by passing 1 billions views on its YouTube channel. We recently spoke with the network’s founder and CEO Cenk Uygur to learn how the company got online news to work.
Uygur called the past few … [Read More...]
This week, news broke that Al Jazeera had acquired Current TV, the left-leaning cable news network founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt that’s seemed to change its mission statement once every two years or so.
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