Dubai-based English language channel City 7 TV, which has been operational since 2004, has finally succumbed to the pressures of the economic downturn and stopped broadcasting on April 20 at midnight, BroadcastPro ME can reveal. More than 25 people have been axed as part of City7’s closure.
An industry source confirmed that all non-broadcast technical staff were made redundant yesterday while MCR staff and broadcast editors were informed that their last day at work will be on April 20.
City 7 TV is owned by BinHendi Enterprises, a major UAE business conglomerate with interests in trading, hospitality, fashion, real estate, watches and jewelry, construction as well as media.
News of City7’s shutdown comes shortly after Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National announced significant cuts to its workforce this week. Late last year, 7Days, a popular tabloid among UAE residents, was also compelled to closed down owing to “financial circumstances”.
BroadcastPro ME has learnt that the channel has been bought over by an Indian SI and will relaunch as an educational channel.
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