Former Xandir Malta boss returns to PBS, age 82

Norman Hamilton, a staunch Labour Party militant and former boss of the state broadcaster during the 1980s when it was known as Xandir Malta, has come back as a government-appointed director on the board of its successor, PBS.

At the age of 82, Hamilton, until a few years ago a mainstay on Labour’s ONE TV before he was appointed High Commissioner to the UK, has been given a prominent position in the running of the media by Prime Minister Robert Abela after patching things up following a 2022 fallout.

Considered close to disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat, sources speculated Hamilton had made his dislike of Abela known and stopped his decades-long TV show on ONE soon after he became the country’s leader.

Tensions grew further between Hamilton and Abela’s Labour Party when, in mid-2022, Abela’s campaign organiser, Aaron Zahra was appointed chairman of Festivals Malta – a government agency – replacing Hamilton.

Hamilton then called for the return of Joseph Muscat in a Facebook comment.

Hamilton post calling for the return of disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat.

PBS sources said Hamilton had long wanted to make some kind of comeback at the state broadcaster as he was unceremoniously removed in 1987 when the PN was elected to govern.

Hamilton was investigated over claimed mismanagement at Xandir Malta during the 1980s. However, no formal charges were ever brought against him.

While working on various  ONE TV programmes during Labour’s years in opposition, the veteran broadcaster was given several government posts when Muscat became prime minister, including Malta’s High Commissioner in London, where he served for five years.

Upon returning to Malta, Muscat made him chairman of Festivals Malta, where millions of euro worth of direct orders were issued to companies supplying the Labour Party for its events.

A National Audit Office report described Festivals Malta agency’s running under Hamilton as “a village club”.

On the board of PBS, Hamilton joins many other directors including Albert Marshall, former CEO of ONE, Pablo Micallef, a former ONE presenter, Ray Calleja, also from ONE and Jeremy Camilleri, a former General Workers Union official.

                           

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Tony
Tony
1 month ago

My stomach turns but there’s nothing left to vomit.

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony

Same here!

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago

Experience counts – of whatever stuff it is overflowing with.

Toni Borg
Toni Borg
1 month ago

Seems like bobby Abela is dong bit U turns and scraping the bottom calling out useless and corrupt people from within the PL party to return just before the MEP elections!!!

Does he not have faith in himself? Does he really need to recall Joseph Muscat and Rosianne Cutajar….and whoever else???? and he has the gall to accuse the PN of populism!!!!….

Frank Galea
Frank Galea
1 month ago

Id-Diretturi tal-PBS kienu ilhom jitolbu biex ikollhom Patriarka jmexximhom, u l-lehen taghhom fl-ahhar instema!

Anthony Cassar
Anthony Cassar
1 month ago

Ahleb Gahan

Mark Debono
Mark Debono
1 month ago

Even an octogenarian is very fit when it comes to putting his snout back in the trough

M.Galea
M.Galea
1 month ago

Seems the PL lacks talent and is turning to the older generation to fill posts.

makjavel
makjavel
1 month ago

May be Abela will consider digging up Mintoff .

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