Derek Holland exits Abu Dhabi Media Company

Sudden departure sends shock waves through broadcast industry.
Derek Holland pictured at the Network Middle East Awards.
Derek Holland pictured at the Network Middle East Awards.


After Orbit and Showtime shook the Middle East media market with their merger, several other structural shakeups are expected in the UAE in the coming months. Huge structural changes were rumoured to be on the cards at Abu Dhabi Media Company and a recent resignation has confirmed that more is in the offing.

The sudden departure of Derek Holland, who was director of broadcast technology at Abu Dhabi Media Company, and worked with the company and its related entities for more than a decade, yesterday sent shockwaves through the industry.

In an exclusive interview with, Holland stated that he wanted to explore new challenges in the Middle East, especially the UAE.

“I know this market very well and am now looking to explore new avenues within broadcast. I have been approached for a few opportunities and will look at them closely in the coming weeks,” commented Holland.

Holland was one of the three finalists for Digital Studio’s Broadcast Engineer of the Year awards in March 2009.

It is widely rumoured that Ahmed Al Menhali, head of transmission operations at ADMC will take over Holland’s responsibilities for the time being although this was not confirmed at the time of going to press.

More seismic shifts are expected at ADMC in the coming months although no one at the company was available for further comment.

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