The show is a Big Brother-type game show produced by Istanbul-based Senkron TV Productions for Show TV. The show debuted Feb. 10, with 15 people living in a house where their lives are recorded 24 hours a day. Each week, one contender is evicted during a live show at prime-time on Saturdays. The show is planned to last for 100 days.
According to Show TV, there were more than 10,000 applicants who wanted to take part in the show and currently more than 40% of the country watches it and more than 1 million people visit the show's Web site every day.
But RTUK claims Biri Bizi Gozetliyor broke complaints record from the public. The board revealed that the show received 2,817 complaints, the highest number for a single TV production in RTUK's history. Also, 100 members of parliament, including five ministers, signed a petition requesting RTUK ban the show.
An announcement from Show TV states, "Shows like Biri Bizi Gozetliyor are broadcast in 17 countries including the U.S. and many European countries, and the RTUK's decision is not in line with Turkey's ambition of becoming a full member of the EC."