Dubai One to shut down TV production, 80% of staff laid off

Exclusive: English-language station run by Dubai Media Incorporated to switch remaining staff to Arabic content

Dubai One, the English-language television station run by Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), is preparing to shut down production and lay off 80 percent of its staff, three sources have told Arabian Business.

The sources said that the remaining staff at the station would be transferred onto Arabic-language channels, and while Dubai One would remain on air, all content will be syndicated from elsewhere.

The sources also said that staff at the channel had been told of the news on Tuesday, and that an official announcement was not expected until after Eid.

The channel is designed to cater to an English-speaking audience in the UAE and the Arab world, with a mixture of locally produced and syndicated content.

Among the shows that are likely to be axed are business news show Emirates 24/7, daytime chat show Studio One and entertainment programme Out and About.  

Founded in 2003, DMI is owned by the Dubai government. Aside from Dubai One, it runs seven Arabic-language television channels, covering news, sport and lifestyle.  It also manages a series of newspapers, including Al Bayan, Emarat Al Youm and the English-language Emirates 24/7 news website.

Sarah Ahmed Al Jarman, the general manager for Dubai One, told Arabian Business via email that "we have stopped our 4 locally produced shows", without elaborating. Al Jarwan also referred any further questions to the DMI inhouse public relations team.

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Posted by: Ahmed Ali

Who watches TV, sees ads on browser or listen's to the radio anymore?

TV = Torrent
Radio = Spotify + IPOD connector.
Browser + Adblocker = Bliss

Life is good.

Posted by: Adnan P alMalki

No Budget = No Impact

Posted by: leo50

also sorry to hear this news, especially at this time of year and thoughts go out to the staff affected. As a government institution one would have thought there would have been more concern as to the timing, but I guess this is Dubai these days, and not as in the old days of Dubai 33.

Posted by: Marouf Baig

Bring Back Channel 33 !! When it was aired during the best times of Dubai !!

Posted by: sam

touch� Marouf!
Channel 33 was awesome, and back then were awesome times!!
Chanel One was always lame, and well, UN-NATURAL. so are all they're presenters and cast.


Posted by: john

Good, it's a dreadful channel.

Feel sorry for those losing their jobs but the output was dire.

Let's not forget this is the channel that cut so much out of an episode of The Sopranos that it had to edit in bits from other episodes to fill the gaps. Clueless.

Constant ad breaks, annoying text appearing over the screen while programmes are on and censorship that forced me years ago to give up on them.

Posted by: chalky6766

@John - The level of entertainment across the board especially from DU is terrible, the same old repeats advertising the same old repeated adverts. Its all staged US garbage showing people in boring jobs trying to act like Indiana Jones. Appalling value for money. I have now cancelled my TV and watch all of my content from elsewhere. Out & About was cringe making TV.

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