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01 September 2014

One TV journalists set to enter new roles within government

 - Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 14:11 , by Duncan Barry

A number of One TV journalists are set to enter or have already started working in their new roles within the new Labour administration.

But their deployment has reduced the number of journalists working at the Labour Party’s station to a bare minimum, at least for the time being.

When contacted, Kurt Farrugia, the head of government communications, told The Malta Independent online that the moves were to be expected and their former positions at One would eventually be replaced.

Ramona Attard, who studied law, posted on her Facebook page that she had presented her last Breakfast Show on One this morning, while confirming to TMID online that she will be occupying the position of chief of staff at Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg’s secretariat.

Jonathan Attard, who holds a University degree in communications and a degree in law, will be joining the entourage of the ministry for the economy and small business which falls under Chris Cardona’s remit. His role will be that of chief communications officer.

Anthony David Gatt, who graduated from the University of Aarhus, the Danish school of journalism in 2008 and from the University of Malta a year prior to having started working for One Productions, will be taking up the role of communications officer within the ministry of deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the EU Louis Grech.

Lindsey Gambin will be entrusted with the role of communications coordinator within the energy ministry led by Minister Konrad Mizzi while Melissa Vella, who studied communications at the University of Malta, will be entrusted with the role of communications secretary within Marie-Louise Coliero’s Social Solidarity and Family ministry.

Wendy Borg, who studied communications and holds a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, has already started in her new role of communications coordinator at the Ministry for the Environment, which falls under Leo Brincat.

It is understood that Rodney Vassallo and Brandon Pisani are the only full-time journalists to have remained working as journalists at the station.

One Productions manager Mark Farrugia has been assigned to work at the Office of the Prime Minister but it is not yet known whether Charlon Gouder and Matthew Carbone, also managers at the TV production house, will be remaining at One or will be taking up a new role at a ministry.

A number of part-timers have also been assigned to work in ministries and parliamentary secretariats.

51 comments

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Daniel Cassar says:
25 March 2013 09:33

take out the old bring in the new... what a joke!

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Aaron Balzan says:
25 March 2013 21:47

what a joke. Where is Natalino Fenech and is he a member of the labour party? Have a life Daniel


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David Agius says:
21 March 2013 20:53

I guess these are all taking "Politically Appointed" positions. From the comments seen here, some people cannot understand we had a change in the party in government....

Then again, any assurance PN would not put in place their own people? PBS could be a case in point...


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Hans Sachs says:
21 March 2013 08:24

The PL leader promised a "Malta Taghna Lkoll" and a "new way" of running the country. He promised the PL will not be looking at the color of faces. Remember the criticism of blue/red PN billboards? Now what are these appointments if not PURE RED ones??? These partisan appointments (six Super 1 journalists mind you, not 1 or 2) fly in the face of such pre-election declarations. So much for honesty. What do you think we are, idiots?!

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Aaron Balzan says:
25 March 2013 21:52

You want to talk honesty Hans? Who are these people like Dr. Franco Debono and Dr Jeffrey Policino Orlando amoung other person ? Are they a product of the pl or a product of Malta taghna Ilkoll. just wait and see how politics are done mate and then you can criticize the PL

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Joseph Stafrace says:
21 March 2013 08:22

Do some of the bloggers here really think that a Minister or Parl Sec ropes in someone from NET?  These are sensitive positions of thrust. Get a life all of you please.

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Peter Rossi says:
21 March 2013 09:53

1. We are not bloggers, we are commentators.
2. The problem is that if it were the PN doing this, the media would be in a hypocritical 'shock-horror' state demonising the gov and the party for such 'arrogance'. But now the shoe is on the other foot and therefore its AOK.

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Joseph Stafrace says:
21 March 2013 10:35

Again - get a life.  You do not even know what you are talking about.

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Joe Pavia says:
23 March 2013 06:52

We would not expect the PL or Moviment which ever it is called by to leave the same staff in the various ministries, that i understand, however what i do not understand is the fact that the office of the prime minister has moved from PL headquarters to Kastilja and so have most of the ministries.   Imagine a PN government doing the same.   Il Lejber ma jinbidilx.   They say one thing and do another.   Malta Taghna il koll and jekk ma intiex maghna tista tahdem maghna.   Give us a break please u titmejjlux bil poplu ghax jasal iz zmien meta il poplu jidilkhom enough is enough.

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Aaron Balzan says:
25 March 2013 21:58

kif il poplu ghamel lil Gonzipn nad cast

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Aaron Balzan says:
25 March 2013 21:57

Commentators ? what a lough. regarding media , I believe that the PN have more coverage than the PL that shows how impartial media is here in Malta.it is not a matter who is wearing the shoes , it a matter who will do the upmost to bring a better life for the citizens.

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Robert Caruana says:
21 March 2013 01:35

BIDLA FIL POLITIKA......??????

KUNU PROTAGONISTI........???????


Ga spicca kollox.

Meritokrazija ghal tas Super One biss

Protagonisti tal-Qalba Biss.

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Saviour Marquette says:
21 March 2013 00:18

These Journalists have as much right as any one else  because Malta belong to them as well. What did you expect to have Lou Bondi or Peppi Azzopardi  to be appointed instead? Gives us a break jealousy gets you nowhere.  

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Peter Rossi says:
20 March 2013 23:32

Malta taghna lkoll. lol. Din bhal tal kaccaturi: Malta taghna lkoll imma l-ghasafar tal kaccaturi.

Malta taghna lkoll imma l jobs ghal lejburisti.

Malta aghna lkoll
Malta taghna lkoll
Malta taghna lkoll................

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Eddy Priviteera says:
21 March 2013 08:40

Hans Sachs: It seems you have no idea whatsoever how members of the secretariat are chosen. No minister of any government would appoint as his/her own spokesperson someone he/she doesn't know and can trust 100% ! This is one of the most sensitive roles in the ministry so can only be occupied by persons whose loyalty to the minister and the government is beyond question. Similarly is the post of private secretary and other members of the secretariat.

Of course, the PN will be clutching at anything out of which they believe they can spin a story !

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CHRIS BRIFFA says:
21 March 2013 18:42

Sorry Eddy but it was PL and Joseph Muscat who went on and on about meritocracy and a "New Way" of doing politics. Pathetic...and you know it !!

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Hans Sachs says:
20 March 2013 20:58

Do you remember JM talking pompously and assuring us all about meritocracy?!!! Now this is what we get in just the first week - 6 SuperOne journalists with ministerial posts: meritocracy my foot! I, for one, did not believe him. And I was right...

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Joe Pavia says:
20 March 2013 20:42

I get the impression that we can start calling the new PL moviment - Government as Party Laburista instead of Gvern ta Malta.


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Carmel Camilleri says:
20 March 2013 19:01

Dan ghadu il bidu. Il-kbir ghandu gej.


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Eddy Priviteera says:
20 March 2013 19:51

Jurgen: Those "journalists" all have a university degree in communication. Did you expect PL ministers to have communication coordinators who are not professional people  and whose loyalty may be elsewhere ?

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Eddy Priviteera says:
20 March 2013 20:01

Carmel: Jaqaw stennejt li l.ministri jahtru PROs lil Lou Bondi u ohrajn bhalu jew ??? F'dawn il-karigi, li huma parti mis-segretarjat privat, jinhatru biss nies li jkollhom il-fiducja kollha tal-ministri. U jridu jkunu wkoll kompetenti !

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Brian Ellul says:
21 March 2013 08:49

I failed to see the call for applications!!!! Taghna wkol... let's change it to 'Taghna wkol basta tkun Labour'...

The S___ is already hitting the fan!

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BRIAN CIANTAR says:
22 March 2013 23:46

tkomplix tinharaq sur ellul


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Eddy Priviteera says:
20 March 2013 20:02

Carmel: Iva il-KBIR ghadu gej. Halli tghaddi l-ligi tal-Whistleblower !!!

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Brian Ellul says:
21 March 2013 13:15

Have you read about your friend Tarciso.... with or without the whistleblower!!!!

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Carmel Camilleri says:
20 March 2013 18:57

Meritocracy at its best. Now gone are the blue eyes boys/girls and in are the red eyes ones.  Malta taghna lkoll.

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Jurgen Farrugia says:
20 March 2013 18:38

U mela, Malta Taghna Lkoll... I hope that they do more of this crap, so those who voted for josephmuscat,com will get their vote's worth.... Like these journalists had

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daisy malta says:
21 March 2013 22:28

issa nahseb ha gib hafna xol sur joseph ghax lanqas jixraqlu li thidlu priminstru

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James Buhagiar says:
20 March 2013 17:36

It's true that they all studied communications, but then again there are hundreds more who have done so and might deserve such posts more - where's meritocracy? where's the Malta taghna lkoll?

.. and where's ETC in such circumstances?

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Evelyn Clark says:
20 March 2013 16:58

All professional commucications people li kellhom ix-xorti li jistudjaw u jigradwaw taht gvern nazzjonalista u jithallsu l-istipendju u ma kellhomx bzonn la parrinu u lanqas l-20 punt biex tidhol l-universita'

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George Calleja says:
20 March 2013 15:48

Qabel konna nghidu li l-PN kien ihaddem 'blue eyed boys and girls' u diga bdejna naraw ir 'red eyed boys and girls' wara biss gimgha. Mhux ta b'xejn Malta ma tinbidel qatt!!!

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Eddy Priviteera says:
20 March 2013 19:52

George: Taf xi hadd li kien PRO ta' xi ministru nazzjonalista li ma kienx nazzjonalist ????

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Gorg Sciberras says:
21 March 2013 06:39

Eddy, imma Labour tela' fil-gvern b'ghajta ta' politika differenti, meritokrazija u buzzwords ohra. Kellu c-cans li f'dawn l-ewwel gimghat juri li dawn il-kliem ma kinux fil-vojt imma ma hadux. Il-konkluzjoni hija wahda - li l-paroli kien kollu fil-vojt biex jigbed il-voti.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
21 March 2013 09:30

Gorg: Kif ghadek ma ndunajtx li b'kummenti stupidid bhal ma qeghdin taghmlu hawn, kontu ghamiltuhom ftit gimghat ilu u rajtu kif ma kontu mressjonajtu lil hadd ! Ara min se jemmen li ministru jahtar f'post sensittiv bhal dan lil xi hadd li ma jafx min hu !!! wara kollox dawn kollha li nhatru inhatru fuq bazi ukoll ta' kompetenza !

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Gorg Sciberras says:
21 March 2013 10:39

Eddy,
L-ewwel nett - jien persuna wahda, m'ghandekx ghalfejn tuza l-plural.
It-tieni - jien ma ghajjartekx, ghamilt kumment validu fuq li ktibt inti.
It-tielet - jien ma rrid nimpressjona lil hadd.
Ir-raba' - li qieghed tghid int juri li li l-kliem dwar meritokrazija kien kollu fil-vojt. Il-fatt jibqa' li kieku l-ministri vera jemmnu fil-meritokrazija kienu jaghmlu "open call". Haga ohra - ma nahsibx li l-unici nies laburisti kompetenti fil-komunikazzjoni huma dawk li jahdmu s-super one.

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Brian Ellul says:
21 March 2013 11:01

Eddy, already in panic mode? and you're still in your honey moon:)

Ara x'inhu gej jumejn ohra mela!

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Eddy Priviteera says:
21 March 2013 12:52

Brian Ellul.Mela kieku ma nirrispondix x'tghid, li m'ghandix risposta, mhux hekk ?' Il- "panijc mode" tista tarah kif il-P ma jafux minn fejn se jibdew u fejn se jispiccaw ! Spiccaw biex kien hemm min beda kampanja biex jaghmlu lil Kantanta Claudette Pace KAP tal- PN !!! Jekk dan mhux paniku, x'inhu ??

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BRIAN CIANTAR says:
22 March 2013 23:43

brian mhux ahjar taqtaha u tati ftit cans ghax isek irkuprajt mit tkaxkira

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Gorg Sciberras says:
20 March 2013 15:34

Government by Super One
Meritocracy & c & c

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Carmelo Pace says:
20 March 2013 15:31

bdejna ,job fir the boys/and girls

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Mark Vassallo says:
20 March 2013 15:28

One TV journalists set to enter new roles within government - including that of Prime minister.

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George Calleja says:
20 March 2013 15:24

Malajr sabu posthom il-pampaluni tal-ONE!! U issa mhux ghajnejk blu irid ikollok imma ahmar nar!! Imbaghad kienu jghidu ghal ta qabilhom!! Malta ma tinbidel qatt.

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Eddy Priviteera says:
20 March 2013 15:18

All metioned are professional communications people who are a necessity in order to keep ministers in touch with the people.

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Carmelo Pace says:
20 March 2013 15:32

basta jkunu ghajnejhom HOMOR

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Carmel Camilleri says:
20 March 2013 19:00

Eddie issa ghandek problema ghax ma ghandekx lil min tikkritika. Issa li jaghmel dan il-Gvern kollox tajjeb. Mhux hekk.

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Joe Pavia says:
20 March 2013 21:04

Nispera li jkun ragel bizzejjed li jekk ikun hemm xi affarjiet ta kritika jikkrittika b less velenu li ikkritika lil PN

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Kenneth Cremona says:
20 March 2013 18:38

I can't believe this comment. By using google I can load all your posts from 2008-2012 and read the bile you used to post whenever the ex-government done a similar action.

You are such a hypocrite!

Mind you- 2 wrongs don't make a right!

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P. Zammit says:
20 March 2013 20:37

@K.Cremona ...if you expected anything better from Eddy .. you were so wrong !!!

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P. Zammit says:
20 March 2013 20:36

U hallina Eddy. Why wasn't a call for applications made ?

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Mark Tabone says:
20 March 2013 22:25

Hallina Eddy Privitera li trid tara int.... call a spade a spade if you have the guts! Looking forward to hearing a lot from Lindsey Gambin with her updates from Konrad's Energy Ministry regarding the new power station... should be fun!

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Daniel Borg says:
20 March 2013 14:32

thank god for party / government divide

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