Dubai TV to focus on crucial issues

DUBAI - Dubai TV will launch a talk-show programme highlighting some crucial issues and topics across the emirate, Ali Al Romaithi, Head of the Local News Section at Dubai TV, told Khaleej Times.

By Tarek S. Fleihan

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Published: Sat 24 Jul 2004, 11:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:48 PM

The programme, which is expected to be screened in the next four to five months, come in line with Dubai TV's plan to set a comprehensive local coverage for highlighting various events and activities in the UAE. Mr Al Romaithi pointed out that the programme would be screened as part of the Emirates News, which includes local news reports, special stories and features from all emirates.

"With the increasing volume of activities taking place in Dubai and the UAE, Dubai TV would prove itself as the first TV channel that provides a comprehensive perspective. Our coverage will focus on government departments, private sector, universities, among others," Mr Al Romaithi said.

Speaking about the UAE nationals appointed at Dubai TV, he said the Emirates News team includes about 20 UAE nationals who conducts various reports from Dubai and the other emirates. "We are also planning to attract more UAE nationals and upgrading their skills through some professional media courses. They have a very wide knowledge about various issues in the country and are also capable of producing good features and stories," he noted. "The performance of media institutions in Dubai should come up to the city's standards.

"However, the quality of our media production will keep pace with the developments taking place in the city," Mr Al Romaithi said, adding that the programmes of Dubai TV are designed for the families in the Arab world and Arabs around the world.

The technology used at Dubai TV following the upgrading plan is highly advanced and the later phases of developing the TV would feature some state-of-the-art equipments and computer devices.

Hassan Chahine, Technical Director at Dubai TV, said what has been accomplished so far is part of the first phase of the developing plan. "We have adopted tapeless solutions. Thus, our entire system is based on one server which can be accessed by the editor, director, among other specialists.

"This would allow the staff involved in the production of news stories and reports to intervene and make their changes at the same time," he said, noting that an advanced automation system was also installed as part of the upgrading plan.

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