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Times Talk axed from TVM

Highlights from last season.

Times of Malta’s popular TV programme Times Talk has been axed from the national broadcaster's schedule.

It is the only news analysis programme from the regular four dropped from the upcoming 2015-2016 TVM schedule.

Reno Bugeja's Dissett will remain the flagship TVM news programme, while presenters Saviour Balzan and Brian Hansford have been accepted to host other programmes, though the nature of the content is not yet known. Popular programme Xarabank will retain its Friday slot.

The Malta Independent had also applied to host a programme on TVM but the request was turned down.

"The editorial board appreciates your interest and submission, however, we regret to inform you that your proposal has not been shortlisted for the schedule under consideration," said a letter from Public Broadcasting Services this afternoon.

Presented by Times of Malta’s digital editor Herman Grech and journalist Mark Micallef, Times Talk consistently topped the Broadcasting Authority surveys in the scheduled time slot for the past three years.

During its slot on Tuesdays, Times Talk tackled the most important political and social issues. During the past season it tackled subjects like political transparency, traffic, and the Panama scandal.

“We are somewhat bemused by the decision to axe the programme, but not completely surprised… maybe we’ve upset some people but this is the nature of journalism,” Mr Grech said.

He said the PBS decision would not spell the end of Times Talk, which will be revived in a different format.

Watch the above video to see some Times Talk highlights from last season.

Presenters Mark Micallef and Herman Grech.Presenters Mark Micallef and Herman Grech.
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