PBS chairman expected to be removed

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

PBS chairman is set to be replaced by an executive chairman who would have more power, Newsbook.com.mt has confirmed. This is one of the various decisions, as the government moves to shake up the public broadcaster.

Times of Malta broke the news about Portughese being replaced, with this newsroom confirming the information, independently.

Only last week, popular Friday night TV discussion programme, Xarabank, was unexpectedly axed after 23 years on air. The decision was announced by its presenter, Peppi Azzopardi, in a Facebook post.

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At present, Charles Dalli serves as PBS CEO.

Portughese was appointed as the chairman of the Public Broadcasting Services in 2013.

At the end of July, Norma Saliba, a former ONE TV journalist and PBS news anchor, replaced veteran journalist Reno Bugeja as head of news of the national broadcaster.

During his leadership campaign, Prime Minister Robert Abela had pledged to reform the national broadcaster. Abela denied any involvement in the axing of Xarabank.

The PBS falls under the remit of the Minister Carmelo Abela who is a Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister. To date, the ministry has not issued a statement on the government’s reform plans.