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UAE’s Channel 4 Eyes International Expansion

One of the oldest radio networks in Dubai is looking to expand throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Channel 4 Radio Network, which operates five channels from Dubai, is positioning itself for international expansion.

Launched with a single channel in Dubai in 1996, Channel 4 Radio Network now operates two English-language stations, as well as Arabic-, Hindi- and Malayalam-language stations. It recently took over Coast FM in the neighboring emirate of Fujairah, and it operates stations with frequencies in Sudan and Iraq.

“We are in the process of expanding our foreign network in other Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries and will announce details of the plan by the end of the year,” Marketing Director Mohammed Al Murad told Emirates Business.

In addition to looking for acquiring frequencies from existing operators in other parts of the United Arab Emirates, Channel 4 is looking to acquire of invest in FM frequencies in other GCC countries. Approval of those investments is awaiting action from local authorities in those nations.