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Thursday, May 13, 1999 Published at 23:11 GMT 00:11 UK

World: Europe

New Kurdish television

A British-based satellite television channel says it has begun test transmissions aimed at the estimated twenty-million Kurds in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

The Christian-based television channel, CTV, has been transmitting six hours of cultural programmes a day in Kurdish, Turkish or Arabic, with no news or current affairs yet.

Last month Britain's Independent Television Commission revoked the licence of another London-based Kurdish broadcaster, MED TV, over breaches of impartiality codes.

Turkey had accused the station of being a mouthpiece for the separatist group, the PKK, and although the new channel has no links with MED TV a BBC correspondent says Ankara will be monitoring it closely.

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