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Cenk Uygur’s Young Turks Network launches shows on Hulu

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Cenk Uygur, photographed at Current TV in 2011.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Cenk Uygur, who lost his cable news and opinion show last year, is now on Hulu. 

Uygur’s Young Turks Network is launching two shows on the digital video outlet, including a condensed version of his progressive-leaning talker “The Young Turks.”

The show on Hulu, hosted by Uygur and Ana Kasparian, is a 30-minute version of their two-hour daily webcast. “PopTrigger,” an entertainment show from TYT Network, is presenting a weekly edition on Hulu.

Uygur hosted a daily TV program on Current TV for less than two years before the low-rated channel was sold to Qatar-based Al Jazeera. 

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His company has since focused on building the online audience for “The Young Turks” and other shows the network produces and puts on YouTube, including “What the Flick?!” “TYT University” and “TYT Sports.”

Now the company is trying to return to cable by pitching weekly shows to networks, said Steve Oh, chief operating officer of TYT Network.

“Once you build an audience on YouTube, you can take that success elsewhere, and Hulu’s a big part of that process,” Oh said. 

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However, there are no plans to do another daily, Current TV-style cable talk-show version of “The Young Turks,” Oh said. 

“The Young Turks” videos draw about 30 million online views each month, according to the company, while all the network’s shows combined bring in roughly 60 million views a month. 

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ryan.faughnder@latimes.com

Twitter: @rfaughnder

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