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Rumor has it that City 7 is firing

Rumor has it that City 7 is firing

But the chief operating officer of the channel denies the news.

November 17, 2008 11:03 by



According to rumors, a number of employees at the local City 7 TV channel have been fired, and the channel may be shut down. The COO of the channel, Ron Kapadia, however denied the news. “Nobody has been laid off,” he told Kipp. “And at present, nobody is going to be laid off.”

However, when one of our reporters went to the channel office earlier today, he found several people milling around in the reception, looking quite agitated. When asked if the channel was shutting down, one person wearing a City 7 TV shirt said “yes.”

City 7, an English channel that was launched two years ago, is part of the Bin Hendi group. The channel provides content filmed in the UAE as well as international shows. City 7 TV is free-to-air throughout the Middle East and Africa.

But the news is bound to send some shivers. So far, the media in the region has remained unaffected by the global financial crisis, while other sectors like banks and real estate have been forced to make job cuts: Damac fired 200 of its employees, Omniyat bid farewell to almost 60 people, and Emaar is also rumored to have had job cuts. There were also reports that Standard Chartered laid off 80 of its staff, though the bank did not publicly confirm the news.

But all that may change now. Although it’s just a rumor, City 7 could be the first in Dubai to downsize (or shut down), but it may not be the last.

Media companies in the West have already fallen prey to the credit crunch In the UK, Virgin Media fired 2,200 employees last week. Forbes in the US is also following suit; ForbesAutos.com is being shut down and its entire staff is being let go. ForbesTraveler’s staff is also being laid off. CondéNet has also reportedly told staffers that it will start slashing jobs “across the board.” Condé Nast’s Wired is also said to cut jobs.

While the City 7 COO has denied the news, have any other rumors or reports reached your ears? Do let us know.



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8 Comments

  1. Jo Doe on November 18, 2008 11:00 am

    The rumours about City 7 are true. The station is going to close and all the staff will be let go.
    Not only that, none of the staff there have been paid for last month or this month, and have been told that they are not sure if they will get any wages due to them, let alone any gratuities,holiday payments or severance. This has left most members of the City7 team in thousands on dirhams in debt.

    Many of the staff have now missed 2 car and card payments and are in danger of being blacklisted due to not receiving their wages and bouncing cheques for almost 2 months…….It is believed that this is the case for the entire Bin Hendi group!!.

    Expect to see alot of people at Tecom and the Labor ministry!

     
  2. Sachin S on November 18, 2008 2:34 pm

    Jo Doe is completely right!

    It’s quite a miserable situation for all the staff.
    The main reason for the channel shutting down is that the channel was not doing well in terms of money. Just one or two of the shows have had cash sponsorships, the rest were all barter deals. No one wants to sponsor the shows coz the content of the shows were just average. Hence the channel did not have viewership.

    If no money is generated how is the channel going to sustain itself. The channel was in the market for all these years because it belonged to the Bin Hendi umbrella.

     
  3. Jo Doe on November 19, 2008 11:03 am

    Well the whole Bin Hendi group is in trouble, not just City 7.
    Apparently the whole group is on the verge of bankruptcy.

    The sad thing is that because he is refusing to pay all these people, they cannot afford to live. By the time the Labor department/Tecom sort out their wages, many like myself would have had to leave the country as i know if i bounce one more cheque they will block my passport..and i cannot afford to be stuck in this country with no job, and no prospect of getting one.

    His actions are going to ruin the lives of hundreds of people

     
  4. leVerte on November 24, 2008 5:39 pm

    This doesn’t just affect City 7. Pretty much ALL the staff that work for Alpha Properties – another Bin Hendi Group company – have left. Sales, rental and orientation staff weren’t getting paid. Not looking good for the whole group.

     
  5. A Scout! on November 27, 2008 2:16 pm

    City 7 was earlier called IN TV the channel was in trouble from day 1. About 2 years ago it was bought over by the Bin Hendi Group. The channel has seen about 3 CEO’s in the last 3 years the 4th being Ron Kapadia. Under his stewardship the content and channel did improve but rating did not. The channel has a huge staff bill and hence would have never been a viable project. It was just a matter of time. The shutting down has nothing to do with the global melt down. Every one in the company and the market knew the inevitable. It was a matter of time!

     
  6. Mike Rogers on June 29, 2009 4:38 pm

    Yeh! I seen Mohi BInhendi is going downhill. His motor yacht “Escape” berthed at the Dubai Marina has serious problems of finding crew. As he could not efford to pay for the qulified crew, he is finding chep crew from cheap placess. I have seen that for the last 6 months they had so many crew including the chief Engineer and the captain absconding the vessel. Living conditions have been very poor for the crew. They get no water, food or not even pay. Whole of Dubai International Marina knows about this as the crew beg for food inside the Marina. Looks like he has no money to maintain a Yacht. No supplier gives credit for this boat as he have outstanding bills for the last 9 months. He basically do not want to pay as he does not have any. He got the stingiest Yacht owner award recently from the Dubai International Marina. He shows that he is a good friend of the ruler of Dubai and UAE but this is not true. One of the captains who worked for his yacht absconded his vessel and now working for A VVIP yacht in Dubai

     
  7. Mohamed Mansoor on July 16, 2009 11:25 pm

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT MATE I HAVE SEEN THE PLIGHT OF THE CREW ON THIS YACHT NAME “ESCAPE” AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MARINA WHICH OWNED BY MOHI BINHENDI. HE HAD SOME GOOD INDIAN CAPTAIN 2 MONTHS AGO AND I HEARD THAT HE ABSCONDED THE YACHT AS HE COULD NOT TAKE THE PRESSURE FROM THE BOSS. IT’S A NO WIN SITUATION IF YOU HAD TO WORK THERE. I HAVE SEEN ON A YACHT CREW REGISTRY (MONTH OF APRIL 2009) THIS YACHT IS LISTED AS BAD TO WORK HELL TYPE IF A YACHT.

     
  8. Nizam Cassim on July 16, 2009 11:34 pm

    Binhendi group is going downhill. Basically Mohi Binhendi does not want to pay any one. Including his grocery suppliers. He exploite foreign workers. Not a good place to work anyway. He is no more a good businessmen. he is a total loss. No one should do business with BINHENDI GROUP. This is a Cheap Carlee. Things about his Yacht is also true and I have been to the Marina recently and the whole marina knows about it. He needs to cell his Yacht (No one will buy it as it is not maintained well)

     

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