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Globecast has acquired Jordan Media City. The deal was signed on June 30, we hear. For breaking news, visit www.broadcastprome.com

Welcome Editor’s Pick Who’s Who this month Malcolm Wall has been appointed CEO of Abu Dhabi Media. Ali Jaber has taken over from Tim Riordan as Group TV Director at MBC Group.. Tarif Sayed has been appointed regional director of Dolby MEA and Pakistan. Cliff Nelson, ex-SVP of OSN moves to ICHD as CEO. Charles Maasry has joined Harmonic Middle East as regional sales manager.

When OSN went off air for a short while in May, not many viewers may have noticed as it was very early in the morning on a week day. But it was a big wake-up call for the broadcast industry as Mark Billinge, OSN’s VP of Broadcast Operations and Technology rightly pointed out. There may be many reasons for a network to go off air. At OSN, it was only a small fire in the UPS room but over the last few months, the political unrest in different parts of the Middle East have caused a lot of disruptions in broadcast services across the region and many TV channels went off air. It was disconcerting to hear that very few TV broadcasters actually had contingency measures in place. In the May issue of BroadcastPro ME, Hasan Sayed Hasan, head of twofour54 intaj who writes a quarterly column for the magazine, stated that such situations were a reminder of “just how important it is for every broadcaster, regardless

of size, to put in place proper business continuity and disaster recovery plans”. The incident at OSN comes as an urgent wake-up call to all broadcasters in the region to revisit their continuity and disaster recovery plans. If they do not have one, it’s time to put one in place. In most cases, we hear that organisations have invested in disaster recovery plans but have never activated them. One good place to catch up with industry colleagues and discuss current developments will be at our Anniversary party at Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai, on July 11. We will have some of our own news to share with you at the event including the expansion of our editorial team and new launches. We look forward to seeing you there. Vijaya Cherian, Senior Editor, BroadcastPro Middle East

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BroadcastPro Middle East - June 2011 Issue  

Broadcast Pro Middle East is a monthly publication covering television and radio broadcasting technology as well as filmmaking trends in the...

BroadcastPro Middle East - June 2011 Issue  

Broadcast Pro Middle East is a monthly publication covering television and radio broadcasting technology as well as filmmaking trends in the...

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