was said much about the awful situation of the advertising
industry in Azerbaijan. Marketing is dynamically developing in most of the foreign
countries, including countries where the population is far below than Azerbaijan`s.
Not only European countries, even Georgia and Armenia are far above than ours
for some indicators (for example, advertising expenditures per capita).
source of income of TV and radio channels, websites, print editions is an advertisement. But everyone knows how depressing the situation in mass media
of Azerbaijan. Therefore people prefer
to consume media content in Russian, Turkish or English languages.
questions occur; why advertising category is so dreadful? Why professionals
leave the country, why there is low-quality content on TV channels, why media
expenditures are spent inefficiently?
but it is a fact that political issues influence advertising and now secrets
of ad market is becoming clearer.
Resignation of Ali Hasanov (head of the department of public and political issues
in the presidential administration for 14 years) is one of the most popular
topics in the country nowadays. He made his son Shamkhal Hasanov as head of Khazar
Media Group and now it is going to be clean that both Ali Hasanov and his son
had ties with Fetullah Gulen movement (aka FETO or gulenists).
Director of Samanyolu TV, which was then renamed to Khazar TV was Huseyn
Dinlemez. He resigned from his position in 2014 and was replaced to Shamkhal Hasanov
according to the direction of FETO, financed from USA. Vice-president and head
of the advertising department is chosen Gokhan Ozkundakchi. Gokhan is the brother
of Mehmet Ozkundakchi, who was the advertisement director of Samanyolu TV in Turkey
(now closed by Turkey police). If we dig deeper, then it is found that Mehmet
is the brother-in-law of Hidayet Karaca, who was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Hidayat was general manager of Samanyolu media group belonged to
All these people are related to US-citizen Faruk Taban, who is
considered as Fetullah Gulen’s think-tank.
By the way, the above-mentioned Mehmet Ozkundakchi is well-known in Turkish
marketing society. Author of books as "Media planning”, "3 in 1”, "Essentials of
advertising”, Mehmet recommended Turkey companies to work with only his friends
and allies in media placement in Azerbaijan.
He convinced them to be a partner with Havas Azerbaijan (ex-name MPG
agency) agency and its director Zaur Ismayilov. Not surprisingly, one of the
biggest producers in Turkey as Hayat Group (produces ("Molfix” woman pads, "Molped” diapers, "Papia” tissues,
"Bingo” washing powders etc.) and Şölen ("Ozmo”, "Biscolata” chocolate bars)
companies are partners with Havas Azerbaijan media agency.
Ozkundakchi and Zaur Ismayilov, who attend Jumu'ah Friday Pray pray in the mosque
together, are not only "Muslim brothers”, but also business partners.
gulenists are active and consolidated. They try to control finance flows from
Azerbaijan to Turkey and vice-versa.
there were published photos describing the revenue of Xezer TV, where most of the revenues
are cash. Of course, most of the amount got in cash and without taxation are
spent on some secret missions.
As it is seen,
Gulen movement in Azerbaijan is not active only in energetics, education,
transport, but also in the advertising sphere. Due to director of Havas Media Zaur
Ismayilov, high-ranking officials in Khazar Media Group, etc. = briefly, FETO
group, now we see non-transparent and unfair situation in Azerbaijan advertising industry.