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.