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Malta Television Awards for February 27

January 15 deadline for submissions

Rennie Schembri (left) and Heinrich Camilleri star in the thrilling police drama series Dellijiet. The programme, screened on TVM every Tuesday, is one of the many programmes which may be nominated for the awards.

Rennie Schembri (left) and Heinrich Camilleri star in the thrilling police drama series Dellijiet. The programme, screened on TVM every Tuesday, is one of the many programmes which may be nominated for the awards.

The deadline for the submissions for the Malta Television Awards is January 15, Mermaid Media Entertainment Ltd, the organisers, announced yesterday during a press conference held at Heat, The Waterfront in Valletta.

The nominations will be held at Heat on February 12 and the awards night will take place on February 27 at the MFCC, Ta' Qali.

Noelene Miggiani, director of Mermaid Media Entertainment Ltd, said: "Due to the delay in the date in announcing the nominations, in order to polish up the organisation of the awards, calls from industry players have been flowing in to enquire if the awards were taking place this year.

This is a great satisfaction for us organisers and shows that those involved appreciate these awards and they mean a lot to them."

"There's an aim for those involved in television. It's not just about presenting a programme but it's also about looking forward to see how much the time spent on organising it is really appreciated by viewers. It is a fact that those participating in the awards are inspired by the awards to start off a programme on a television station," Ms Miggiani added.

Meanwhile, Mermaid Media Entertainment Ltd director Silvio Scerri said: "The quality of this year's programmes is so good that the winners of these awards are just unpredictable. The competition is extremely tight, all stations are close."

There are many good programmes currently being screened including Bonaci Media's 108 Live, Generation, Xpress, Don't Stop Me Now, the breakfast show Żveljarin and Seba' Telef (7,000 stories on Malta presented by Joe Vella).

Dellijiet by V-Squared is a highly popular police drama also being submitted this year.

John Bundy currently holds the Best Daily Magazine Programme of the Year and Best Presenter of the Year awards.

He is currently hosting a breakfast show called Bonġu Bundy on One TV. The awards night last year attracted around 148,000 viewers and the awards are aimed at the whole spectrum of local TV broadcasting.

The organisers have appealed to station managers and programme presenters and producers to bring forward any suggestions to be considered by the organisers which may have been overlooked during the organisation stage. The awards will be screened on all local television stations.

For more information visit www.themaltatelevisionawards.com.

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