UAE business daily appoints first editor

The former business editor of UK newspaper The Observer has been named as editor of the Arabian Business Standard. Frank Kane will head up the business paper, which is expected to be launched in the UAE during the autumn.

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By  Tim Addington Published  May 21, 2006

The former business editor of UK newspaper The Observer has been named as editor of the Arabian Business Standard. Frank Kane will head up the business paper, which is expected to be launched in the UAE during the autumn. Kane edited The Observer’s business section for five years and stepped down last month. Prior to that he was news editor of Sunday Business, was deputy editor at The Sunday Times and editor of its Insight investigation team. The Arabian Business Standard will be the first dedicated English language business daily in the region. The paper will be published by Dubai’s ITP, after the company entered into a partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi-based media group Emirates Media Inc. Details about when it will be launched, pagination, frequency and distribution are being kept under wraps by ITP, which also publishes Campaign. Kane said: “I want to produce a first-class quality business newspaper, fulfilling all the objectives of news, to inform, educate and entertain to the highest standard of journalism. The UAE and the Gulf are increasingly important in the global economy and I look forward to producing the high-quality business daily they deserve.” He stood down as the business editor of The Observer in April to take on a general writing role across the paper. The UK’s Press Gazette reported that his decision to leave his Observer role was due to the punishing schedule of working on a Sunday newspaper. But Kane claims he was “misquoted” in the article and said his move to Dubai was “not a retirement posting”. Andrew Neil, chairman of ITP, said: “I’m delighted Frank Kane has accepted the post of editor of Arabian Business Standard. He brings formidable experience and reputation as a business journalist and business editor and we look to him to create a world-class daily business newspaper for the UAE and the wider Gulf region.”

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