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TVM presenter Brian Hansford accidentally live-streamed himself while he was apparently advising supporters of embattled Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia to rally his allies in a bid to prop him up against the many party activists desiring his resignation.
But when contacted by Newsbook.com.mt, Hansford insisted that his words were taken out of context, and that he was simply speaking his mind.
In a brief clip, Hansford can be heard lamenting that the situation was not fair, before telling Delia supporters that their one mistake was their failure to bring the masses out. When asked how they could do so, Hansford insisted that it was easy, suggesting that each and every one of them should work on bringing five people along with them.
But as he continues making his argument, one of the activists notes that he was live-streaming, leading him to cut off the accidental broadcast short.
A ‘friendly conversation’
In his comments to Newsbook.com.mt, Hansford said that he had been alerted to a political activity by a PN activist, one of his regular contacts. He said that he went there not as a TVM presenter, but for his journalistic efforts on social media.
But he added that he was disappointed to find that so few people had shown up. Consequently, he said, he argued in a “friendly conversation” that it made little sense to film them, leading to the exchange captured in the video.
Hansford said that he regretted the accidental livestream, though not because of any wrongdoing on his part. He said that he was sorry to have inadvertently exposed the people he was in contact with.
He insisted that he did not act on behalf of any political party, stating “I represent no one but myself.”
“Perhaps because I am independent, and do not have any media to defend me, some media choose to attack me,” he lamented.
Presenter interviewed Delia this week
Hansford had been a presenter on Labour Party’s TV station, but his current-affairs programme Realtà was migrated to TVM in 2012.
He interviewed Delia on Monday, with the PN leader promising a reshuffle of the shadow cabinet which would punish MPs who openly opposed him as he lost a confidence vote among the PN’s parliamentary group.
Such a reshuffle is yet to materialise, however, and on Tuesday, Delia lost another confidence vote among the party’s executive committee.