Tributes pour as veteran Dubai radio presenter Malcolm Taylor dies

Taylor Malcolm was a long-standing presenter for Business Breakfast. (Arabian Radio Network/Twitter)
Updated 05 December 2019

Tributes pour as veteran Dubai radio presenter Malcolm Taylor dies

  • Taylor joined the four-hour morning show as a host in 2005
  • His death was announced Wednesday morning

DUBAI: Malcolm Taylor, a radio presenter for Dubai Eye, has died, the Arabian Radio Network (ARN) said on Wednesday.

A “veteran” in the local media scene, Taylor was a long-standing presenter for the morning talk show Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye 103.8.

ARN, which owns the station, announced his death in a tweet on Wednesday morning: “ARN (Arabian Radio Network) and Dubai Eye 103.8 announce with deepest regret the sad passing of our dear friend and colleague Malcolm Taylor. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Taylor’s colleagues in the media industry quickly expressed condolences, including co-presenter Emma Brain who tweeted: “Very sad about the passing of an amazing colleague Malcolm Taylor. A brilliant broadcaster, big personality and a pleasure to work with.”

Fellow Dubai Eye presenter Chris McHardy described the news as “heartbreaking” and said Taylor was “a titan of business commentary with the voice to match.”

Ed Attwood, former editor of local magazine Arabian Business, said “mornings will not be the same.”

Former Dubai government official Nasser Hassan Al-Shaikh also acknowledged Taylor’s death, saying: “Very sad loss of a genuine human being who's been for years part of Dubai ’s morning news scene. My heart goes out to his family & may his soul rest in peace.”

Taylor joined the four-hour morning show as a host in 2005, and has since been recognized by several award-giving bodies for his work.

He moved to Bahrain 1967 when his family was posted there for work, and later moved to Dubai.


Twitter, TikTok discuss potential combination, reports WSJ

Updated 10 August 2020

Twitter, TikTok discuss potential combination, reports WSJ

  • Trump declared Thursday that TikTok and WeChat threaten the national security the United States

NEW YORK: Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a threat to national security.

Trump declared Thursday that the popular Chinese video app TikTok and social network WeChat “threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

In an executive order, Trump gave Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the platforms, effectively setting a deadline for a sale of TikTok by its Chinese parent firm ByteDance.

He has also demanded that a significant portion of the sale go to the US Treasury.

Microsoft has been the primary suitor for TikTok, saying it was in talks to buy the company’s US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand operations.

The Financial Times reported Thursday that Microsoft has expanded negotiations and was now after the app’s entire global operations.

As a smaller company, Twitter would have a long-shot bid for TikTok, but the social media platform believes it would come under less antitrust scrutiny than larger corporations such as Microsoft, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the talks.

Twitter, however, would likely need the support of other investors to complete the combination.

While Twitter does allow for the sharing of videos, most posts contain short text messages and photos or GIFs.

In 2012 Twitter acquired the platform Vine, which allowed users to share short videos, but shut down the service in 2016.