CNBC to broadcast business show from new Abu Dhabi HQ

Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble said the Abu Dhabi studio will help ‘tell the global business story through a unique Middle East lens.’ (CNBC)
Updated 16 April 2018
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CNBC to broadcast business show from new Abu Dhabi HQ

  • CNBC will unveil its new Middle East headquarters and TV studios
  • CNBC will broadcast “Capital Connection,” fronted by Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble

London: The financial news network CNBC will on Monday unveil its new Middle East headquarters and TV studios, based at the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) complex.
The facility will act as the network’s regional hub, and broadcast “Capital Connection,” fronted by Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble.
CNBC’s Nancy Hungerford will co-anchor the show from the network’s Asia headquarters, which is based within the Singapore Exchange, the network said in a statement.
“We’ve been reporting the Middle East business story to CNBC’s elite global audience for years. The launch of our new home within ADGM starts a new chapter in our reporting from the region,” said Gamble.
“These new state-of-the-art studios provide us with a fantastic platform to tell the global business story through a unique Middle East lens.”
CNBC says this week’s broadcasts from the Middle East will include exclusive interviews with Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, chairman of Aldar Properties, and Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal.
Capital Connection broadcasts live from Abu Dhabi between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. GST, Monday to Thursday.
Guests on Monday include: Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Luka Mucic, CFO of SAP and Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris.
John Casey, CNBC’s senior vice president of international news and programming, said: “CNBC broadcasts daily from the network’s International Headquarters in New York, London and Singapore. With the addition of our new Middle East Headquarters at ADGM, we plan to connect Abu Dhabi to the world’s financial capitals.”


Rewriting the future: Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas on Arab News’ new leaf

Updated 20 April 2018
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Rewriting the future: Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas on Arab News’ new leaf

  • As a journalist, I don’t think there is any place more interesting in the region than Saudi Arabia: Arab News Editor in Chief
  • Arab News will move away from being seen merely as a 'newspaper' to a whole array of new offerings

On April 1, a tweet went out from the Arab News account: “Arab News — as you know it — will no longer exist! #AprilFoolsDay #WhatChanged.” 

The message was a teaser building up to the  relaunch of the English-language daily following a comprehensive overhaul, described by Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas as “The biggest shake-up the paper has had throughout its 43-year history.”

On April 4, the relaunch issue hit the newsstands, with changes also reflected across the digital editions. While the new look and feel of the paper represent a bold departure, many of the shifts have materialized over the past year. In a wide-ranging interview with Communicate magazine, Abbas described the evolution of Arab News since he took the reins in September 2016. 

“We went back to our roots and took the paper back from being a local news outlet to its original positioning as the English voice of the region,” he told the magazine. 

To achieve this, Arab News, which is owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), has opened bureaus in London, Dubai and Pakistan and has hired some of the best industry talent, made significant changes to its workflow structure and rewritten its editorial policy.

The changes are all part of a future plan entitled Arab News 2020 to coincide with the paper’s 45th anniversary that year. Key to this is a “digital-first” philosophy which is incorporating more video and social media to serve the title’s expanding demographic in the online sphere, though with print revenues at 90 percent, it won’t be killing its print editions any time soon.  

Instead, the focus is on expansion. “We are moving away from being recognized as merely a “newspaper” to a whole array of digital offerings, events and tailored products,” Abbas said. Examples include the Arab News partnership with YouGov, producing material that “quickly became a reference for the region,” on major events, including polls on lifting the ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia and a 2017 survey on British attitudes toward the Arab world — cited in the UK Parliament. 

The paper’s metamorphosis coincides neatly with the transformation taking place in Saudi Arabia as the country embraces an ambitious reform program as part of the Vision 2030 which, among other things, is redefining the local media industry. “As a journalist, I don’t think there is any place more interesting in the region than Saudi Arabia,” Abbas said. “We are very lucky to be at the heart of (the) change.”