PBS accused of pro-Nationalist slant
A pro-GonziPN web is being spun within the confines of PBS in order to promote and enhance Nationalist Party (PN) biased news items which will be used to a greater and fuller extent during election time, Labour Party (PL) Spokesperson for Media Gino Cauchi said this morning.
Gino Cauchi went on to say that the administration of PBS has strong PN overtones with people such as ex-NET TV CEO and current PBS CEO Anton Attard, PBS Head of News Natalino Fenech, PBS Junior Manager Mario Xuereb, who was Head of NET TV and until he was recently employed as Minister Chris Said's Communications Coordinator, Junior Manager Silvana Debono, previously a journalist with 101 and RTK, and others like Pierre Portelli and Lou Bondi, who "subtly promote PN politics".
Mr Cauchi explained that this network is being put in place in order to be used as an integral part of the GonziPN electoral campaign. Political bias already exists in PBS news today with items such as the GonziPN comments on minimum wage, which was used as a lead news item while the press conference held by PL on the same subject was lost halfway through the news bulletin, he added.
PBS also tried to decrease the importance of the declaration made by Franco Debono about not voting in favour of the Budget Bill, which in light of present political situations, is of a certain importance, the PL spokesman held.
Gino Cauchi concluded that as the election draws nearer, PL will continue to expose the imbalance that reigns at PBS because it is a station paid for by public funds and as such should not have any political slant.