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Dubai to host radio awards

IRC Dubai are to host the inaugural Middle East radiocast awards 2006.The first industry awards for Radio in the Region are to be held as the glittering finale of the International Radio Conference, Dubai.

February 8, 2006, Dubai, U.A.E.

Organisers of International Radio Conference, Dubai (IRC Dubai) have claimed another first for the Middle East?s radio industry with the announcement that the region?s first radio awards will be held on the closing night of IRC Dubai.

The Middle East radiocast awards 2006 will be presented at a gala dinner ceremony at Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort – Dubai on 18th May 2006. The awards are organised by radiocast. Also part of radiocast is radiocastme.com, the only dedicated web portal for radio professionals in the Middle East.

Ten different award categories are open for entry to stations and networks broadcasting over AM or FM transmitters in Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. An international panel of radio industry professionals will judge the award categories with Mark Story, Managing Director, Radio Programming, EMAP and Steve Martin, On Air Editor, BBC World Service already confirmed on the judging panel. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2006 and further information about the Middle East radiocast awards 2006 can be found online at radiocastme.com

?radiocast is a wholly independent body with no affiliations to any station or broadcaster in the region. We are dedicated to providing fair and impartial awards, highlighting the best practitioners in the region and look forward to making this a regular annual event? commented Rick Houghton, former Dubai 92 presenter and Managing Partner, radiocast.

IRC Dubai will take place from 16th to 18th May 2006 at Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort, Dubai. Aimed at international radio, media and advertising professionals, the three day conference comprises nineteen different forums and sessions, examining pertinent issues and challenges facing the radio industry at large across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Indian Subcontinent.

?With the combined platform of International Radio Conference, Dubai, the accompanying IRC Souk exhibition and now the Middle East radiocast awards 2006, we have a comprehensive and professional offering for driving the radio

industry forward, raising the profile and benchmarking standards of the media as a whole in the process.? added Ian Carless, Managing Partner, IRC Dubai.

?IRC Dubai is an international conference aimed at an international audience and delegates will undoubtedly benefit from the exclusive opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience with associates from stations of all formats and market sizes? concluded Carless.

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