Power cut wipes out Dubai TV and radio

Dubai’s media was wiped off the air on Thursday after one of the biggest power failures in recent years.

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By  Tim Burrowes Published  June 9, 2005

Dubai’s media was wiped off the air on Thursday after one of the biggest power failures in recent years. Major TV channels and radio stations were taken out by the blackout, which hit Dubai, Jebel Ali and parts of Sharjah just before 10am and lasted for more than four hours. Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City were among the areas affected. Stations from the DRN network including City 101.6, Dubai 92 and Dubai Eye initially went off air. For a time, Dubaians were left relying only on radio station Channel 4, broadcasting from Ajman, for information. But thanks to an emergency generator, MBC’s programmes, which are broadcast across the Middle East including the network’s primary Saudi Arabian market, went out as normal. Production of Emirates Evening Post was also badly affected. Meanwhile, most media, advertising and creative agencies were unable to function and many sent staff home. The last time such an event happened was more than five years ago.

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