Scripps dishes up Turkish Food Network

Scripps Networks Interactive’s Food Network has launched in Turkey.

The SD and HD service has launched on the D-Smart platform and will reach 700,000 of the pay TV operator’s subscribers.

The channel is DSmart’s Extended Basic tier and the HD version will be carried on an exclusive basis. The carriage deal follows an exclusive agreement inked late last year for Scripps’ Travel Channel HD.

Food Network is a joint venture with Chellomedia in the EMEA region and Turkish deal was brokered by Louise Cottrell at Chello Zone.

The channel operator said it is in the throes of localising the Turkish Food Network, which will also carry the services international programming and titles include Reza’s African Kitchen, Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

“It’s great to see Scripps further expand its global footprint in such an important international territory,” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps EMEA. “Food Network’s unique lifestyle programming will be an excellent addition to D-Smart’s channel line-up.”

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