CNN launched a new, hi-tech studio in Dubai to celebrate the 14th anniversary of its sister network, CNN Arabic.
CNN’s new studio provides the network with a new facility to tap into the growing range of stories emanating from Dubai. CNN will also offer an array of new video capabilities to CNNArabic.com, which has seen strong audience engagement around its increasingly video-led story-telling.
The facility also features a system called Global Control, which allows any CNN control room, anywhere in the world, to take command of the studio and operate it remotely.
While CNN Arabic will primarily use the studio, it is reported that Connect the World with Becky Anderson will also use the studio, as needed. CTW normally broadcasts from Abu Dhabi.
Anderson, who became managing editor of Abu Dhabi in late 2014, was present for the studio launch, alongside local officials.
Caroline Faraj, Vice-President of Arabic Services for CNN, said, “This is a wonderful moment for CNN in the region. This versatile new studio is full of cutting edge broadcasting technology, which will add a completely new dimension to our digital operation here in Dubai. It will open the door to a suite of new content from CNN Arabic, and provide superb new facilities for CNN as a whole in the Middle East.”
Faraj added, “I’m also particularly excited about the opportunities and new experiences it will offer our internship programme, which has given many interns the chance to gain a foothold in the media industry since its inception 14 years ago. It will be a great chance for them to gain additional skills with the latest equipment.”
Rani R Raad, Turner MD for the Middle East and President of CNN International Commercial, said, “This investment in Dubai further consolidates our presence in the UAE and really takes our commitment to the region as a whole to the next level. We want to continue to serve our audiences with great content across every platform, and this will enhance our ability to do that.”
(H/t Emirates 24/7 News)