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'I still think Malta is a Mickey Mouse country' -...Yesterday, 08:00
Twenty-two years after the release of the original song, John Bundy says he is prepared to sing a sequel to the satirical track Pajjiż tal-Mickey Mouse (A Mickey Mouse country) unless the Maltese realise "politics is an opinion and not a principle".
"When we do that, we will cut the strings, the puppets will fall to the ground, and we will get better," the head of the state broadcaster PBS says.
In an interview with Times of Malta's online editor Herman Grech for Times Talk, Mr Bundy insists that nobody in the higher echelons of politicals ever interfered in the running of the station or choice of programmes.
He defended himself against claims that he was responsible for axing Salvu Mallia's popular programme from TVM, saying the decision had been taken before he assumed his role last August.
Since PBS is the organiser of the Eurovision song contest, Mr Bundy says he is prepared to make public the money spent on the upcoming festival in Kiev, adding that he was happy to note that for the first time, the Malta song contest had registered a profit.
The interview was carried out last Thursday.
Watch the interview by clicking the link above.
John Bundy on Times TalkApr 25th, 12:30
Public Broadcasting Services chief executive John Bundy will be the guest on tomorrow's edition of Times Talk.
Mr Bundy, a former Nationalist Party candidate and prominent media presenter on both political party stations, was appointed to head the state broadcaster last August.
During the interview, he fields questions about political interference about the asked about the PBS's role as Eurovision sponsor... and whether he still believes Malta is a 'Mickey Mouse' country, two decades after he performed the song with the same title.
Watch: Traffic: 'It's a wonder there aren't more...Apr 19th, 10:05
Reckless driving is so widespread that traffic analysts sometimes wonder how there aren't more accidents on Maltese roads, Malta Road Safety Council executive manager Pierre Vella tells Times Talk.
"People act as though they're the only people on the road," Mr Vella notes in the course of an interview in which he argues that there are ways of cranking up enforcement without having more officers policing the roads.
Mr Vella argues that road safety is as much about pedestrian behaviour as it is about drivers' and hints at his disagreement with authorities' decision to relax enforcement for a variety of motoring contraventions, saying "I don't see how you can let someone get away with it. We can't afford it."
Watch the full 10-minute interview with Bertrand Borg in the video above.
Malta's manic driving on Times TalkApr 18th, 12:00
Quick fixes such as CCTV cameras at key junctions could help authorities enforce traffic rules without forcing them to shift all their resources to enforcement, a road safety expert tells Times Talk.
In an interview to be uploaded tomorrow, Malta Road Safety Council executive manager Pierre Vella admits that some drivers' motoring habits are so deeply ingrained that they don't even bother with rules and confides that he and his colleagues sometimes wonder how there aren't more traffic accidents in Malta.
Mr Vella takes heart from an EU meeting which revealed that when it comes to road safety, "some countries are worse than us" and talks about encouraging signs when children are left to discuss road safety among themselves.
"You hear them say 'Daddy never put down his phone,'" Mr Vella told senior journalist Bertrand Borg.
Watch the full Times Talk interview tomorrow on Times of Malta.
Watch: 'We looked Air Malta workers in the eye'Apr 12th, 08:29
Air Malta workers will not be discarded, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis says, though getting the green light from Brussels for early retirement schemes is not a foregone conclusion.
The Tourism Minister tells Kurt Sansone an agreement reached with the four Air Malta unions last August to offer alternative jobs and early retirement will be honoured.
In a Times Talk interview, he acknowledges the national airline requires more reforms to become commercially viable and these include a further reduction in the workforce.
However, Dr Zammit Lewis does not say how many workers will be shed, insisting this also depends on talks with a strategic partner that could grow the airline with new investment.
He insists the government has not shunned its responsibility to tackle the challenges Air Malta still faces despite a five-year restructuring programme that failed to turn the company back into black.
“We looked workers in the eye and told them that in some sectors [of the airline] there were too many employees,” Dr Zammit Lewis says.
Asked whether the government will manage to convince the European Commission that the prospective early retirement schemes were not State aid, Dr Zammit Lewis says nothing is a given.
“When the restructuring plan was being discussed five years ago nobody knew whether the European Commission would give the go-ahead… we will go to the Commission to discuss [our plans] and try to convince,” he says.
On the botched Alitalia deal, he says the experience gained from the talks is invaluable.
While dismissing suggestions the discussions with the ailing Italian airline were a waste of time, Dr Zammit Lewis says the government is still committed to find a strategic partner for Air Malta.
The experience gained from the Alitalia talks is being used in fresh negotiations with other airlines interested in becoming strategic partners, he adds. However, the minister does not lift the lid on the names of the companies with which discussions are taking place.
'We learned from Alitalia experience' - Air Malta...Apr 11th, 13:19
Almost nine months of talks with Alitalia to buy into Air Malta may have ended in failure but Edward Zammit Lewis says the experience was invaluable.
Interviewed on tomorrow's edition of Times Talk, the Tourism Minister dismissed suggestions the talks were a waste of time, insisting the experience gained is now being used in fresh talks with other interested airlines.
The government wants to find a strategic partner for the national airline and was offering Alitalia a 49 per cent stake.
Dr Zammit Lewis also spoke of the further reforms Air Malta will have to undergo, including a reduction in employees to make it more competitive.
The full interview will be uploaded tomorrow on Times of Malta.
Watch: ‘Let’s not kill the goose that lays golden...Apr 5th, 08:00
Sandro Chetcuti believes the construction industry played a key part in the economy's growth as he dismisses talk of a property bubble bursting.
The president of the Malta Developers Association tells Kurt Sansone on Times Talk that the demand for high-quality property is real and cautions against "killing the goose that lays the golden eggs".
Although Mr Chetcuti acknowledges that the government has listened to the demands of developers, he disagrees that the 2014 ODZ policy has made it easier to build in the countryside.
Confronted by the perception that political parties were in the pockets of developers, Mr Chetcuti said the MDA was not there to represent people who cosied up to the political parties in a bid to receive political favours.
However, he said political parties should be financed by the State and called for well-paid MPs and ministers.
Asked whether he had political aspirations, Mr Chetcuti said the personal attacks on politicians and their families were a factor that kept him away from politics.
See the full interview with Mr Chetcuti above.
Watch: 'Construction bubble? What bubble?'Apr 4th, 15:11
Environmentalists may complain of over development but according to Malta Developers Association president Sandro Chetcuti it is the demand that is driving the market.
In an interview with Times Talk, Mr Chetcuti insisted the construction boom is not a bubble and developers were conscious of market needs.
In a candid interview he also spoke about the perception that contractors did as they pleased and had the political parties in their pockets.
The full interview with Mr Chetcuti will be uploaded on Times of Malta tomorrow.
Watch: Mintoff/Fenech Adami had better...Mar 29th, 08:27
In turbulent political times, Dom Mintoff and Eddie Fenech Adami had a better working rapport than Joseph Muscat and Simon Busuttil, according to the President.
Despite wildly divergent ideologies, Mr Mintoff and Dr Fenech Adami had a better relationship than today's two main political leaders, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said.
"I'm disappointed with the way we're talking to each other… political leaders should lead by example," she told online editor Herman Grech on Times Talk.
She put her case forward to have political parties funded by the State, as it would reduce the possibility and suspicions of backroom deals. Political institutions are important for a democracy but each need to be financed.
Ms Coleiro Preca called for a revamp of the constitution, which would empower all institutions beyond the political sphere.
While ruling out a return to partisan politics, Ms Coleiro Preca rejected suggestions that the president should be elected by a popular vote, saying it could prompt candidates to adopt populist stands.