Public Broadcasting Services

Public Broadcasting Services Limited (PBS) is the public broadcaster of Malta. PBS is funded by government grants and the sale of commercial airtime. Its TVM channel is Malta's most watched television channel, and its radio station Magic Malta enjoys huge popularity among local and tourist listeners.

Public Broadcasting Services Limited
FormerlyXandir Malta
IndustryPublic broadcasting
PredecessorRediffusion Malta
FoundedNovember 11, 1975; 48 years ago (1975-11-11)
Headquarters75, St. Luke's Road, ,
Area served
OwnerGovernment of Malta

History edit

PBS was founded on November 11, 1975 as Xandir Malta and became joint member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) together with the Maltese Broadcasting Authority (MBA). The latter was previously admitted as a full, active member, as Malta Television Service Ltd already has been, in 1970. Since 2003, PBS is the sole Maltese member of EBU.

Prior to Xandir Malta, Rediffusion broadcast television programmes in Malta under the name The Malta Television Service Ltd. The service was run by Rediffusion, a London-based independent broadcaster.[1] Transmissions in Malta started from Hamrun on 11 November 1935 under the name of "Broadcast Relay Service Malta Ltd." Charles Whotcroft and George Powler were the first manager and chief engineer respectively.[2] On 29 September 1962 Rediffusion (Malta) Ltd. inaugurated a television service covering the Maltese islands.[3] On 14 February 1975 the employees of the Rediffusion (Malta) Ltd staged a sit-in strike at the company's premises in Malta[4] and they even started to run the company.[5] On 30 July 1975 an agreement was reached between Rediffusion Group of Companies and the Dom Mintoff led Labour Party government of Malta for the transfer of all Rediffusion's assets in Malta to the Maltese government.[6]

Following the transition to digital television using the DVB-T standard in October 2011,[7] all licensed terrestrial channels in Malta are distributed through a network of transmitters operated by PBS. These transmitters are located in Delimara (Marsaxlokk), Nadur, Mellieħa, Mtarfa, Naxxar and Portomaso (St. Julian's).[8]

PBS is managed by a board of directors. The current Executive Charmain is Mark Sammut. Charles Dalli is the Chief Operations Officer. In 2021, they announced that the TV channels will change their logos but one changed a name as well.[9]

Services edit

Radio edit

PBS' radio services consist of the Radju Malta, Radju Malta 2 and Magic Malta radio stations.

For a short period in 1975/1976 it also had an Italian-language station, called Radio Malta Tre; the news were read by Anna Bonanno.

Television edit

PBS' television services consist of the TVM, TVMNews+ and TVMSport+ television channels. It also operates the Parliament TV service under an agreement with the Parliament of Malta.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ Connolly, Margaret; Pragnell, Mervyn O. (1975). The International Yearbook and Statesman's Who's Who. Bowker British Library Kicko. p. 287. ISBN 9780610005008.
  2. ^ Ix-Xandir F'Malta, Remig Sacco, Malta 1985, 24.
  3. ^ Public Service Broadcasting in the Age of Globalization, Indrajit Banerjee, Kalinga Seneviratne, AMIC, 2006, page 245
  4. ^ Ix-xandir F'Malta, Tony C. Cutajar, Malta 2001, 63.
  5. ^ The Untruth Game, Francis Zammit Dimech, Malta 1986, 94.
  6. ^ The Untruth Game, Francis Zammit Dimech, Malta 1986, 95.
  7. ^ "Digital Switchover". Malta Communications Authority. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Malta Communications Authority. 17 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Board of Directors - PBS".
  10. ^ "Free-to-air broadcasts from parliament". Times of Malta. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.

External links edit

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