Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 31 May 2020

Dubai Eye radio presenter Malcolm Taylor dies

The long-standing business journalist first worked in the region in 1967

Malcolm Taylor in Dubai Eye's studio at Arabian Radio Network offices.
Malcolm Taylor in Dubai Eye's studio at Arabian Radio Network offices.

Tributes have poured in for Malcolm Taylor, the long-standing presenter of Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye, following his death.

The radio station announced the news on Wednesday morning.

“ARN and Dubai Eye 103.8 announce with deepest regret the sad passing of our dear friend and colleague Malcolm Taylor,” the station said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Taylor is understood to have died early on Wednesday, from a heart-related issue. The cause of death has not been publicly confirmed.

His colleague and co-host Brandy Scott said she was devastated by the news.

“Malc has been my early morning partner-in-crime for more than a decade. Dubai has lost a very big talent and we have all lost a very dear friend,” she said.

Described by the radio station as “something of a Gulf veteran”, Taylor moved to the region in 1967 when his family was posted to Bahrain for work.

He first visited Dubai in 1972, when he and a few friends swam across the Creek, with a rowing abra following close behind with their clothes.

He previously worked in senior management with Dow Jones, Capital Intelligence and Reuters, in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, South Korea, Cyprus and South Africa.

Friends and former colleagues paid tribute on Twitter.

Emma Brain, a news reader at the station, described him as “an amazing colleague”.

“A brilliant broadcaster, big personality and a pleasure to work with,” she wrote on Twitter.

Capital Radio UAE said he was a “stalwart of the business show on ARN for many years and had been in the Middle East for most of his working life”.

“Condolences to his friends and family from all of us. RIP,” it said.

Former 7DAYS editor Barry King said on Twitter he was in shock at the “sad, sad” news.

“Condolences to Malcolm’s family and everyone in his ARN family,” he wrote.

Taylor co-hosted the daily four-hour Business Breakfast on Dubai Eye since 2005 and won many industry awards along the way, the station said.

Updated: December 5, 2019 07:32 AM

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