The Malta Independent 30 March 2023, Thursday
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PBS Board to appoint independent inquiry to look into John Bundy procurement issues

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 08:58 Last update: about 6 years ago

The Public Broadcasting Services' board of directors is going to appoint an independent inquiry to look into CEO John Bundy and an alleged breach of procurement rules, sources within the PBS Board told The Malta Independent.

The inquiry was ordered on Wednesday 28 September, then the PBS Board met at the Arts Council without Bundy, during which a vote of no confidence in the CEO was taken. The inquiry will look into a situation where Bundy had begun asking for quotes to spend around €540,000 on leasing cars for the next eight years, instead of issuing a tender.


Bundy has come under fire as of late. Last week The Malta Independent reported that the PBS board was threatening to resign if Bundy was not removed.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has told journalists that the decision on whether to sack PBS CEO John Bundy rests with PBS alone. The board alleged that Bundy had ignored it repeatedly, and took decisions without their approval. It also noted that, when it tried to change arbitrary decisions of the CEO, the directors were faced with legal threats against them and the company. This newsroom was also told that in a board meeting that was held a few weeks ago at the PBS offices and for which Bundy was not called in, the board of directors had decided to remove the CEO power when it comes to procurement rights. This means that Bundy can't sign for anything that PBS purchases without the board's approval.

Bundy was appointed as CEO in August 2016, meaning that he has occupied the post for just over a year.

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