PBS in agreement with RAI to open doors for improving cooperation and staff training
Public Broadcasting Services and Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) have strengthened work cooperation between both entities in the broadcast sector through the signing in Rome of a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum was signed by the Chairman of the PBS Board of Directors, Tonio Portughese, and by RAI Chief Executive Fabrizio Salini. The ceremony was held at the RAI administrative seat during a meeting which was attended by the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister (who is also responsible for state broadcasting), Carmelo Abela, and the President of RAI Marcello Foa.
The agreement opens the doors for programmes of cooperation in television, radio and internet, which will include participation by Maltese journalists in RAI’s school of journalism at Perugia, cooperation in professional training in communications for PBS staff, exchange of television and radio productions, and participation in exhibitions through productions and documentaries in special activities organised by RAI.
Following the signing of the agreement, the Maltese delegation in Rome, led by Minister Carmelo Abela and accompanied by Dr Portughese and PBS Chief Executive Charles Dalli, were invited to tour the facilities and studios at the main RAI centre in Saxa Rubra during a ‘live’ news broadcast and other popular daytime television broadcasts. They also met with the board of directors, journalists and technical staff and exchanged information on work practices.
Minister Abela referred to the importance of Malta and Italy working more closely together on a number of issues, including on broadcast quality, and on how PBS, through collaboration at both national and international level, can improve this together with training of PBS staff. Minister Abela referred to the skills, time and work involved in high-level productions offered by RAI, and added that through this cooperation the skills of PBS staff will continue to be enhanced through the skills and experience of RAI personnel.
PBS Chairman Tonio Portughese stated that this agreement acknowledges years of collaboration between Malta’s state broadcaster and that of Italy, both being countries with common aims within the European Broadcasting Union. Dr Portughese thanked Simona Martorelli, RAI International Director, and PBS Chief Executive Charles Dalli, for implementation of the strategic plan, as well as Minister Carmelo Abela for his confidence in PBS.