UAE's Radio 1, Radio 2 pulled off air over license dispute

Published June 29th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Listeners complained last week that the stations were off-air, with some claiming an Abu Dhabi classical music station was playing instead. (Campaign.me)
Listeners complained last week that the stations were off-air, with some claiming an Abu Dhabi classical music station was playing instead. (Campaign.me)

United Arab Emirates radio stations Radio 1 and Radio 2 have been pulled off air due to a dispute over the frequency licenses, it has been alleged.

Owner Abu Dhabi Media Group has reclaimed the licence for the two radio stations from the current managers Gulf News Broadcasting, a source close to GNB told Gulf Business’s sister title Campaign anonymously.

GNB refused to confirm or deny the claims and ADMG has also been contacted for comment.

Listeners complained last week that the stations were off-air, with some claiming an Abu Dhabi classical music station was playing instead.

It is understood that a music loop has been implemented to fill the void of DJ talks and advertising.

In a statement issued last week, GNB said the blackout was due to ‘technical issues’.

“Gulf News Broadcasting apologises for any inconvenience caused due to the interrupted service to Radio 1 and Radio 2 stations. This is due to a transmission issue which we anticipate will be resolved shortly,” it stated.

Last year, Campaign reported that publisher GN Media cut 50 jobs from both GNB and its newspaper Gulf News.

By Eleanor Dickinson
 

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