x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

End of era for Dubai breakfast show as radio presenter heads home

Brandy Scott, a long-serving presenter on the 103.8 Dubai Eye Business Breakfast, is heading home to New Zealand.

Brandy Scott will soon be presenting her final show on Dubai Eye Business Breakfast and moving back to New Zealand. Jaime Puebla / The National
Brandy Scott will soon be presenting her final show on Dubai Eye Business Breakfast and moving back to New Zealand. Jaime Puebla / The National

DUBAI // The end of an era is approaching for one of the most popular breakfast radio duos in the country.

Brandy Scott, a long-serving presenter on the 103.8 Dubai Eye Business Breakfast, co-hosted with Malcolm Taylor, is packing her bags and heading home to New Zealand.

After moving to the UAE in 1999, at the age of 22, Scott started her career in Dubai as an IT reporter and moved between business magazines and newspapers.

She joined the talk-radio station in September 2006 with her first trial show at Dubai Eye and shortly after was placed on the breakfast show with Taylor, covering developments in the business world in the UAE and abroad.

The pair did not get off to the best of starts, despite their now cosy friendship.

"We clashed like nobody's business. The first year was particularly bad and the second year was pretty bad," recalled Taylor. "It was frosty, the relationship on and off air wasn't good.

"I warmed in the end though - we developed a respect and a certain trust."

Despite interviewing many influential figures in the business community including Sir Richard Branson and Donald Trump, it was not always the high-flyers that piqued Scott's interest.

"My favourite interviews aren't necessarily the big ones, but involve new businesses," she said.

"It's watching those guys from go - from coming in and telling us how they're trying to get their first bank finance to actually becoming ocean-going companies."

Scott's new life will involve helping to produce Radio New Zealand's morning show and studying for a Master's degree.

Her final broadcast on the Business Breakfast will be on July 4.

"It's been fun, and that's what radio should be," concluded Taylor, sorry to see his colleague go. "We've had a lot of laughs."

ksinclair@thenational.ae