Gulf News Broadcasting will no longer manage Dubai’s Radio One and Radio Two, it said on Thursday, and substantial job losses are expected.
A statement on GN Broadcasting’s website said: “Gulf News Broadcasting is today announcing that with immediate effect it will no longer be managing the Radio One and Radio Two stations.
“This is as a result of unforeseen circumstances, which are beyond the control of Gulf News Broadcasting.
“Gulf News Broadcasting would like to thank all of its employees, advertising partners and supporters for their contribution, effort and commitment for the successful management of Radio One & Radio Two stations over the last 10 years.
“No further comment will be made.”
It is understood that a significant number of redundancies are to be made as a result of the decision – although the company’s director of broadcasting Stephen Pulley declined to comment on this when approached by Arabian Business.
The stations were pulled off air last week with listeners claiming an Abu Dhabi classical music station was playing instead. It was reported this week that the stations’ parent owner and licensor, Abu Dhabi Media, had reclaimed the licence amid a dispute over the frequency licences.
Abu Dhabi Media manages Abu Dhabi Classic FM and five other radio stations, among them Star FM and Quran Kareem.
Abu Dhabi Media has been contacted for a response.
On Thursday, the stations’ online streaming service was off-air, with both Radio One and Radio Two’s websites carrying only the statement that showed on GN Broadcasting’s site.
The stations’ Facebook pages were also down, with a message reading: “Sorry, this content isn't available right now.”
Sources told Arabian Business that mass job cuts are expected at the organisation. Discussions are understood to be taking place at present.