BA discusses media challenges due to coronavirus with Archbishop Scicluna

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Archbishop of Malta Charles J Scicluna stressed the need for better quality Broadcasting when he received the Board Members of the Broadcasting Authority in a courtesy visit.

The BA requested this meeting on the occasion of the 59th anniversary since the setting up of the Broadcasting Authority. The Board was led by the Chairman of the Authority, Frank V. Farrugia.

During the meeting, the situation of the stations and broadcasting and the role of the regulator in a society where the media is constantly developing were discussed.

As an authority, the BA said that is there to protect the public interest, media consumers and the protection of minors and the vulnerable.  Therefore, despite regulating the media, the Authority has a responsibility to see that the media is providing good quality programming notwithstanding the criticism it receives that is not moving with the times.

Archbishop Scicluna spoke about the need for better quality in local broadcasting, in general as well as about the difficulties brought about by the pandemic for the media since advertising has decreased radically. 

Despite the current situation, said the Archbishop, the Church continued to provide daily mass service and for this the Archbishop thanked, in particular, the public service broadcasting for the cooperation and support he found so that Mass reaches the homes and thus the Church continues to be of service and support to the people.