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Labour, PBS at loggerheads over broadcaster's policy to choose party TV guests The Public Broadcasting Services and the Labour Party are at loggerheads following a directive issued by PBS requesting all political party representatives participating in State TV current affairs programmes to be specifically chosen by the station itself. PBS's new policy further states that if a political party representative is invited on a current affairs programme and does not turn up, the production house responsible for the programme will still go ahead without having the representative replaced by another. Reacting to the national TV station's new directive, PL spokesman for media and social dialogue Gino Cauchi said the directive was absurd. "We will always be present in every politically related programme that is broadcast on State TV. We have a right and obligation to be present, especially with an election looming. "Our party has its policy and it will not change it for anyone, especially for the current board administering PBS. PL would not change its stance on the matter." "Someone at PBS thinks he can do whatever he deems fit. It's as if we cannot have an impartial state TV in this country. We are remaining calm on the issue so that those who proposed these cha北京赛车冠军规律教程 nges are given a chance to change their course before it's too late." Cauchi also accused PBS of broadcasting news bulletins that carried far too many items lauding government issues. "This is creating partiality, with the PN getting the most exposure." PL deputy leader Toni Abela said that the PBS management had a great responsibility to make sure there was no impartiality and that the national broadcast should give viewers a real picture of what was going on while striking a balance in terms of coverages. Abela expressed his lack of faith in PBS's board: "We feel that we cannot have our mind at rest with a board that is not placing political parties on a level playing field." Abela queried why PBS had suddenly come out with such an absurd proposal only a few days before the new programme schedule kicked off. In a reaction, PBS released a statement stating that it had written to the Broadcasting Authority after it felt that the Labour Party was imposing upon it who should participate in such programmes instead of leaving the station to decide who to invite, as is normal practice in every democratic country.

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