In an effort to bolster its precence in the Middle East and UAE, Sky News confirmed the opening of its new foreign bureau in Dubai from next month.
Sky News reporter Ashish Joshi has been named as the new correspondent and will be taking up his new role in March this year.
Ashish joined Sky News in 2004 after spending 10 years at popular Asian TV channel, ZEE TV, where he was Head of News and Current Affairs. Based in Dubai�۪s Media City district, the new bureau will consist of two additional permanent members of staff working alongside Ashish ��� a producer and a cameraman.
Ashish Joshi said of his appointment to the role of Dubai correspondent, “I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge in a region I know very well from my previous role as head of news with ZEE TV. It is a fascinating, fast-paced, influential and sometimes fractious region of the world, where very different cultures live and work side by side, world business sits cheek by jowl with traditional fishing communities, and the rich and famous come to play without ever perhaps seeing the ‘real’ UAE. I relish the challenge of reporting on the region and helping viewers understand why it is so influential and what drives it.”
Along with the opening of the new Dubai bureau, the World News slot on Sky News will be extended by an extra hour, now showing from 03:00 – 06:00 GMT. This will allow for an extra focus on the Middle East in line with breakfast viewing in the region, and there will be an enhanced focus on business news from the Middle East during this slot.
Sky�۪s Head of Foreign News, Adrian Wells, said, “Opening a bureau in Dubai will strengthen Sky News�۪ ability to report on this fascinating, and ever more influential area. With the current financial crisis deepening every day amongst most of the world�۪s leading economies, the economy of the United Arab Emirates is one of very few examples of resilience. This, coupled with current cultural shifts in the Middle East which have far reaching effects across the world, make it a compelling region to cover in more depth ��� this is a prefect time to cement our presence in the region.”