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Gulf News Media to cease broadcast operations

Gulf News Media to cease broadcast operations

Gulf News Media is to close its two remaining radio stations. Only three months after it closed Radio 1 and Radio 2, the broadcaster will shut down Josh and Hayat as well and hand over operations to Umm Al Quwainn Broadcasting Network on September 30. A statement issued on Thursday evening by group marketing director Matthew […]

Eyad Abdul Khalek takes CEO post at MediaCom MENA

Eyad Abdul Khalek takes CEO post at MediaCom MENA

MediaCom has announced that Eyad Abdul Khalek will join the group as MENA CEO, effective 1 October 2016. He replaces Tarek Abdalla who left the agency after just five months to join Emaar Properties as executive director of corporate marketing. Khalek joins MediaCom MENA from DataMined where as managing director and co-founder he was charged with remodelling the […]

Oman’s Azamn newspaper closed and 3 journalists jailed

Oman’s Azamn newspaper closed and 3 journalists jailed

An Omani court has ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper and the jailing of its three journalists after it reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary The privately owned Azamn newspaper was suspended from publishing last month and the three were detained in connection with an article published on July 26. Ibrahim Al-Mamari, editor-in-chief […]

Asda’a Burson-Marsteller bags Visa account from BPG Cohn & Wolfe

Asda’a Burson-Marsteller bags Visa account from BPG Cohn & Wolfe

Dubai-based PR agency Asda’a Burson-Marsteller has won the regional communications account for global credit card company Visa. Asda’a pitched against the incumbent BPG Cohn & Wolfe and reportedly Brunswick, MSLGroup, Four Communications, APCO and Impact Porter Novelli. BPG won the account covering the Middle East and North Africa from DABO & Co in 2012. Sunil […]

Cicero & Bernay holds onto Dubai Culture brief as it eyes expansion into Iraq and Jordan

Cicero & Bernay holds onto Dubai Culture brief as it eyes expansion into Iraq and Jordan

Publinet-owned communications agency Cicero & Bernay has retained the public relations account of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority following a review. The agency will work with the government department to support the emirate’s Dubai 2021 Plan to make the city one of the most  “happy, creative and technologically advanced” in the world. C&B will also […]

Creative production company Baroque launches film unit

Creative production company Baroque launches film unit

By Eleanor Dickinson Dubai-based independent production house Baroque has acquired an Italian film company as it launches its own in-house film unit. The creative production company has launched Baroque Film after buying Milan-based Dress Code Film as part of the UAE -based firm’s worldwide expansion. Award-winning director and Dress Code Film founder Lorenzo Bassano has been appointed […]

ARN to launch two new Arabic radio stations

ARN to launch two new Arabic radio stations

Following its May launch of seven new online brands, Dubai-based radio network ARN is to launch two new Arabic-language stations. They will be digital-only extensions of the network’s Al-Khaleejiya and Al-Arabiya, and will bring the total number of ARN radio brands – both terrestrial and digital – to 18. Chief operating officer of ARN Steve […]

UAE actors sought for new TV drama

UAE actors sought for new TV drama

Indian-headquartered television station Zee TV is  to hold auditions for its new  UAE-set drama in Dubai today. Following the network’s previous UAE drama Parwaaz, the show Khwabon Ke Darmiyaan (Amidst Dreams) will also focus on South Asians living in Dubai. All age groups are welcome from all nationalities for speaking and non-speaking roles, but the Zee TV […]

Female-only creative network SheSays to launch in Middle East

Female-only creative network SheSays to launch in Middle East

An award-winning global organisation aimed at pushing women in creative and media industries into the top ranks is to launch in the Middle East. SheSays, the only global creative network for women, will officially open in Dubai on September 28. Spearheaded by Ogilvy & Mather’s Elizabeth Dewar and StartJG’s Amelia Richardson-Smith, the network aims to […]

Alsayegh Media wins Abu Dhabi police brief

Alsayegh Media wins Abu Dhabi police brief

Independent agency Alsayegh Media (AM) has won a full-service brief for Abu Dhabi Police among a raft of new accounts. The UAE agency will handle media services for the government account with digital and social media playing a key role in upcoming campaigns. Majid Al Futtaim has also appointed AM to handle an integrated media […]