On the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the establishment of the Broadcasting Authority, a work plan for the next 10 years as well as a study on the representation of women and men in current affairs programmes were presented at Sant’Anton Palace.
Addressing those present President George Vella emphasised the importance of using the Maltese language in broadcasting in order to properly regulate the Maltese language used, not only by the public who, in one way or another, participate in radio or television programmes, but also by the presenters themselves. He stressed that everyone, including broadcasters, has a very strong, if not unique, role to play in protecting our language with the respect and dignity it deserves.
The President explained how in recent months, during which the dissemination of correct and timely information has been crucial, it was important that the authority continued to provide its service without any interruption. “The service you provide”, said the President, “is essential, because it regulates a sector that simply does not stop”.
The President added that, without exception, political impartiality should prevail and any personal preference or prejudice should be set aside so that the Broadcasting Authority, through its work, would be a pillar of stability, justice and accountability on which to further strengthen our country’s democratic journey.
Frank Farrugia, Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority, listed a work plan for the coming years, with the first challenge being the transposition of the new Directive regulating audio-visual media services. He stressed that the authority must invest in human resources to be able to cater for new services that will fall under its remit both in terms of regulation and in terms of licensing.
He added that in the coming years, the authority’s work will also involve the consolidating exercise of the Broadcasting Act and Subsidiary Legislations so that the law goes hand in hand with the developments of the industry.