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UAE’s presidential court minister and deputy prime minister Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s bid to acquire the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has become a political as well as a commercial controversy in the UK. But while this is Mansour’s most high-profile foray into international media deal-making, it is far from his first.
As part of a wider profile of his role, Gulf States Newsletter (GSN) has investigated Sheikh Mansour’s international media interests, which include publications in the UK and the US and other international and Arabic language TV channels.
GSN has also looked at the influential people understood to be advising him on his TMG bid.
Among the influential people understood to be advising Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed in his publishing ventures is Martin Newland, a former editor of The Daily Telegraph and of Abu Dhabi-based daily newspaper The National. Given his background, Newland’s insights into the Telegraph and its place in UK public and political life may be invaluable.
Additionally, GSN understands a consulting company led by former News of the World editor and UK Conservative Party spin doctor Andy Coulson may have also played a role in advising a UK-registered media company linked to Mansour.
Mansour also established Abu Dhabi’s media regulator the National Media Office.
Issue 1182 - 08 December 2023
Issue 1181 - 22 November 2023