The Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is on the lookout for a new office in New York and may consider moving into the former headquarters of the New York Times newspaper. After the acquisition of Al Gore’s Current TV for USD...
As a part of an unconventional marketing gimmick, the makers of BlackBerry Z10 aired an unusual 30 second ad on America's most watched Super Bowl broadcast. This was aired as a curtain raiser to the launch of BlackBerry Z10...
After announcing its intention to acquire Current TV, Al Jazeera is struggling to retain distribution rights in the US. The deal is worth USD 500 million and key to Al Jazeera’s growth in the US cable market. The Qatar-sponsored network...
By Rahma Rachdi Tarak Ben Ammar was born on 12 June, 1949 in Tunis to a French mother of Corsican origin and Tunisian father. His father was a lawyer who was later appointed as a diplomat. Tarak is the nephew of Wassila Bourguiba, wife...
Isam Bayazidi is the CEO of ikoo, an integrated digital marketing solution provider with the largest reach in the Middle East and North Africa, combining more than 120 websites of leading publishers in the fields of sports, women, news, business, automotive, and...
Let me tell you a story. It is a story of why the UAE and the wider Gulf region is such a confusing place for a relative newcomer. In October 2011, I was walking along on an upper floor of...
The independent Tunisian media authority on Wednesday announced it is shutting down citing its failure to achieve objectives due to interference by the Islamist-dominated government. "The body does not see the point in continuing its work and announces that it...
An outcry by press freedom campaigners has forced the Iraqi government to review its plans to suspend licences of 44 media operations in the country. Ali Nasir, deputy director of Communications and Media Commission, said the news media watchdog will give the targeted...
Zawya, one of Middle East's leading news and information service provider, has been bought out by Thomson Reuters Corporation, a global news wire service and information provider. Zawya was privately held by the Dubai-based investment group Saffar holdings. Financial terms of...
Iraq's media regulatory body has ordered the closure of 44 media outlets in the country, including the BBC and Voice of America. Sources with knowledge of the order said on Sunday the dispute escalated over broadcast licences. US-funded Radio Sawa and privately-owned...
Press Release Getty Images, one of the world's leading creators and distributors of visual content and other digital media, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Master Delegate, Gallo Images Middle East. Alongside Photolibrary, acquired...
The cool Mediterreanean breeze caressing the Promenade de la Croisette, also carries excitement in the air. The glamorous seaside town, the abode of the rich and famous along the French Riviera, had the spotlight on itself once more, as it...
Bahraini government has signed agreements with Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal paving the way to move his Rotana news and entertainment company from Cairo to the Gulf island state, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Wednesday. The move...
Paramount Pictures has announced it will host a new themed hotel in Dubai. The resort could open its doors by 2015, Paramount Hotels and Resorts, the official licensees of Paramount, reports said. "As the official licensees of the Paramount name, we...
By M. S. Shah Jahan (continued from last week) It was 14 November 2011. Neil Heywood, a Beijing resident, arrived in fog-shrouded Chongqing and checked into Sheraton Hotel, as he was summoned on short notice for a meeting in Chongqing with...
By E. Nina Rothe I first watched The Infidel at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and immediately knew the film would win audiences the world over. The story, written by David Baddiel, is one that poses questions about...
Dubai eGovernment, the Department in charge of supervising eTransformation in Dubai, has launched Supply2Dubai, the official Procurement Portal of Dubai Government. The website www.supply2dubai.gov.ae is powered by Tejari and acts as the single online destination for all suppliers engaged...
By E. Nina Rothe The 5th annual Gulf Film Festival begins today, screening 155 films from 40 nations through the 16th of April. All showings are free and open to the public at Grand Cinemas, Dubai Festival City and the...
Google announced the launching of a UAE version of YouTube for users in the seven emirates on Sunday. The new YouTube.co.ae domain came amid the search giant's moves to consolidate the video platform by building a huge collection of local...
The staff at the bestselling British newspaper are alarmed and angry amid fears that the fate of News of the World would befall them. However, Rupert Murdoch moved immediately to assure the staff that the paper would not close...
A recent spate of events have brought into focus the issue of mobile phone hacking. The most recent scandal involved the News of the World newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch?s News Corporation. The employees of the paper had hacked...
For all you tweeps out there, there is something in store for you. To the Android and iPhone users, look carefully at your twitter page, you may just find a difference, or you may find the similarities between Twitter...
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) opened Wednesday evening amidst glitterati from Hollywood, Bollywood and other regional cinemas. DIFF had its inception in 2004 and is emerging as a major silver screen event in the region. It is the time of...
Netflix CEO announced the closing down of 'Qwikster' through a post on blogspot. A company spokesman told media Friday they are abdicating their "break-up plan to keep their online streaming services and DVD-by-mail together under one website and one name...
There are social, psychological and cultural aspects to every economic slowdown. The media, however, plays a crucial role in building up these sentiments for or against any ruling government. An example of this is the recent "Occupy Wall Street" Movement,...
One thing certain about Twitter is that it brings an unappealing appearance to first time visitors. You often hear why in the world would someone go for a service that allows sending 140-character updates to your "followers"? Good question...
Advertising is an important ingredient for the success of every business. Organisations spend millions every year on advertising. The sole purpose is to educate the public about the product or service and eventually increase sales. The obvious reasons for spending...
The?British Broadcasting Corporation?announced Friday that it would eliminate 2,000 jobs, cut its sports budget, show more re-runs, and broadcast fewer talk and game shows. Mark Thompson, the broadcaster?s director general, told his staff that the changes ? which amount to...
Facebook, the biggest social media platform in the world with more than 800 million active users worldwide, will be cashing on its supremo status by broadcasting ?Michael Forever? tribute concert?via its pay-per-view system on 8 October. Milyoni, a?Facebook-based commerce company,...
Lebanon film, ?Where do we go now?? was chosen as the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The winner was announced Sunday at a closing brunch of the 11-day festival. The Cadillac People?s Choice Award, which carries...