The Pan-Arabia Enquirer and Emirates 24/7 to merge
DUBAI: In what one media commentator described as “the perfect fit”, The Pan-Arabia Enquirer and Emirates 24/7 this morning announced that they were to merge, creating the region’s largest satirical online news organisation.
“We’re absolutely delighted to announce the joining together of our two great brands,” said The Pan-Arabia Enquirer’s acting editor Baltimore Stafford in a statement, adding that he believed there were “numerous synergies” between the companies.
Experts have praised the move, claiming that the two have been at the forefront of satirical news journalism across the Middle East and together would be a powerful force in a constantly evolving media landscape.
“Emirates 24/7 are known for their groundbreaking stories, such as the recent shocking news of a man who spoke to a girl while she was walking her dog, and their ‘Crazy World’ tales – like the one last year about the man who ate his own children – are the stuff of legend,” said Middle East media expert Gilbert Masoud-Taylor. “I see this sort of editorial slotting in very nicely alongside that of the Enquirer.”
While exact details of the deal have not yet been revealed, sources have indicated that the newly merged organisation will work under the name The Pan-Emirates 24/7 and will begin formal operations in April 2014.
“To be honest, we’re sent so many Emirates 24/7 stories from readers who think that they’re ours that it feels like we’ve been part of the same team for some time,” added Stafford.