CNN clears up twofour54 launch date

Network says it is on track for Autumn opening.
The exact date of CNN's Abu Dhabi launch remains unclear.
The exact date of CNN's Abu Dhabi launch remains unclear.

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CNN has moved to say that its new Abu Dhabi production centre will open in the coming months, but could not confirm reports in the regional press that a date was set for November.

"The launch is currently on track for Autumn and once we have a firm date we will announce it," a CNN spokesperson told DPME.com.

The broadcaster announced in October 2008 that it would open only its fourth international hub broadcast facility in the twofour54 precinct after having expressed its intentions to develop its UAE operations in December 2007.

Following an interview with CNN anchor Hala Gorani in UAE broadsheet The National, a number of stories spread that the new broadcast facility would be ready by November although there is no statement from Gorani or anyone else at CNN to suggest this.

Gorani was discussing the channel’s new programming line-up, which is currently being rolled out and makes no reference to the new facility at twofour54.

The last official statement regarding the Abu Dhabi bureau came in October 2008 when CNN International’s managing director Tony Maddox described the expansion in the UAE as “one of our boldest editorial undertakings of recent years”.

The CNN bureau will be one of the centrepieces of twofour54, which will also house facilities for Rotana, the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) and the BBC.

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