Lecturer, Bilgi University, Istanbul
Ferhat Boratav is a TV journalist and communications expert. He studied history at the Boğaziçi University. He worked in various media organisations. He joined CNN TÜRK as th editor-in-chief, shortly before its launch in 1999 where he remained until 2018. There he was responsible for the editorial decisions, program development, talent recruitment, operational budget and editorial relations with CNN International. In 2012, he took a leadership role in developing the editorial guidelines of the Dogan Media, and wrote the guidebook of the Dogan TV group. Since 1997, Boratav has also been teaching university courses on broadcast news, global journalism and news writing. He served as a Board member and a trustee of the Open Society Foundation Turkey, for more than a decade until its closure in 2019. He is a founding member of three NGOs: YANINDAYIZ (We STAND BY the Women), 65+ Elder Rights Association, and Friends of Aşıklı Höyük, an association to support scientific and cultural work on the oldest known human settlement in Central Anatolia. In his voluntary work for these associations he focuses on communication strategies and tools, and on developing projects. He organized the field trips of the Knight-Wallace Fellows to Turkey for more than ten years.