FOX Life to broadcast Turkish telenovelas in South Africa


Turkish telenovelas that will soon be enjoyed by South African and African viewers in passionate stories on FOX Life. Tracey Gilchrist, director of content, scheduling and acquisitions at FNG Africa, has revealed that they have acquired and are scheduling Turkish telenovelas, a genre that’s been taking the entire TV world by storm recently.

The Turkish telenovelas, currently being translated and dubbed into English, will run on weekdays at 18:25 on FOX Life. The recently started female-skewed channel of FNG Africa has just turned one year old. To kick off, FNG Africa will show the telenovelas like Heartbeat and Lodestar (originally known in Turkey as Rüzgarin Kalbi and Coban Yildizi respectively). 

According to sources, Heartbeat will be FOX Life’s first Turkish TV treat if the dubbing is completed in time, with Heartbeat that is scheduled for a start on weekdays on FOX Life from Monday, 2 October at 18:25. One South American viewer said that “the Turkish productions are very high quality and don’t have the Hollywood cliches and stereotypes. When I started to watch these dramas, I realised how tired I was with all the violence and sex of American TV.”

FOX Networks Group Africa will kick off with shorter Turkish telenovelas on FOX Life to first test the African waters with drama series that don’t have the long and stretched out episode order runs of South American telenovelas.