TRT 3 started test transmissions on October 2, 1989 as "3. Kanal", and is now TRT's third most watched TV station. TRT 3’s transmissions are realized through a time-share with TRT Gap and Turkish Grand National Assembly TV (TBMM-TV). TRT 3’s programs mainly consist of sports, education, culture, music and news. Advertisements are allowed in the channel. Besides, TRT 3 broadcasts programs in vernaculars and dialects still practiced today in daily lives of Turkish people.Like other TRT channels, even TRT 3 broadcasts 24 hours, it broadcasts a short startup at 6:58 AM. On this start-up, first the TRT Ident is shown, followed by the programme list for the day, and Turkish National Anthem. TRT 3 aired many world-known series for the first time in Turkey. Among them were Matlock, M*A*S*H, Perry Mason, Hercule Poirot, Night Court, Remington Steele, Automan, Manimal, Loving, The Golden Girls, Out of This World, Houston Knights, Manuela and Thirtysomething. Furthermore, it re-aired some television series like The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, Bewitched, Bonanza and Columbo.