Abu Dhabi Media and Entertainment Network (India) Ltd. Join Forces to Launch Radio Mirchi: India’s No.1 Radio Station Now in the UAE
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 1st February, 2012: Abu Dhabi Media and Entertainment Network (India) Limited, a subsidiary of The Times of India Group, have spiced up the airwaves in the Emirates today with the launch of India’s largest FM brand, Radio Mirchi.
Bollywood superstar, Rani Mukherjee, known for her award-winning acting performances, was in Abu Dhabi for the launch celebration today and joined the Abu Dhabi Media and Radio Mirchi teams to push the launch button, making the station go live across the UAE.
Radio Mirchi is the first radio station of its kind in the Emirates to offer nationwide coverage, with three exclusive frequencies- 97.3FM Abu Dhabi, 88.8FM Dubai & northern emirates, and 95.6FM Al Ain- catering to the country’s extensive south Asian expat population.
The business partnership also represents Abu Dhabi Media’s first extension into the lucrative south Asian broadcasting sector and the first ever international association for Entertainment Network (India) Ltd. and the Radio Mirchi brand.
Malcolm Wall, CEO of Abu Dhabi Media, commented: “The addition of Radio Mirchi to the Abu Dhabi Media portfolio is a significant step for the company. Through this partnership, we have introduced a new target demographic for Abu Dhabi Media that will complement our existing Arabic and English language radio brands. The south Asian community is an important audience here in the Emirates, and Radio Mirchi provides a powerful platform for brands to reach this large and rapidly growing consumer group.”
"Mirchi" is Hindi for chilli, and Radio Mirchi is renowned for being the hottest radio station in India. The brand brings the authentic taste of Desi radio to the UAE, and offers the same award winning mix of content and talent that has kept Indian listeners tuning in for years, packaged specifically to suit the diverse needs of the Emirates’ south Asian audience.
Prashant Panday, CEO of Entertainment Network (India) Limited, also commented: “In India, we are proud to have over 40 million listeners who swear by our brand. Radio Mirchi is known as the gateway to Bollywood and our UAE launch brings the best of the brand and our unique programming innovations to the people of the Emirates. From the biggest heroes, heroines and directors, to the most popular music composers, lyricists and singers- the station has it all.
“Our first foray overseas is a significant step in the evolution of the Radio Mirchi brand and a landmark event for the company, and we are happy to partner with such a well known and reputed company like Abu Dhabi Media,” added Panday.
With a fun and dynamic lineup of shows throughout the day, there is plenty to keep listeners entertained and engaged. With international and community news, the hottest music and unrivalled access to Bollywood- all broadcast in a mixture of Hindi and English with a unique flavor from home- Radio Mirchi is sure to inject sunshine and energy into its listeners’ days.
“Abu Dhabi Radio Network is continuously striving to serve the needs of all our communities in the UAE, and the launch of Radio Mirchi will cater to a new audience for the company,” commented Abdul Rahman Awadh Al Harthi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Radio Network. "We are thrilled to bring such a premium brand to the UAE for the first time - the addition will be a real asset to our suite of radio brands and will once again extend Abu Dhabi Radio Network’s reach across the all of the Emirates with its nationwide frequency.”
Radio Mirchi has been the pioneer of private FM radio in India since its launch in 2001, and with a presence across 14 states with 32 stations, it is the largest FM channel in the country.