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.”
ARN 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 pic.twitter.com/QNXDHwx69B
— Dubai Eye 103.8FM (@DubaiEye1038FM) December 4, 2019
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.”
Heartbreaking news this morning. A titan of business commentary with the voice to match. RIP Malcolm. https://t.co/RO8yIOiBJf
— Chris McHardy (@ChrisMcHardy19) December 4, 2019
Ed Attwood, former editor of local magazine Arabian Business, said “mornings will not be the same.”
Awful news - mornings will not be the same. My condolences.
— Ed Attwood (@EdAttwood) December 4, 2019
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.”
— Nasser H. Al-Shaikh (@NAlShaikh) December 4, 2019
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.