PBS's lack of readiness resulted in national television not broadcasting what turned out to be an important vote.
Complete surprise and a lack of preparation left the Public Broadcasting Services with no direct link to Parliament during Monday's vote on the Opposition's motion calling for the resignation of Malta's permanent representative to the EU Richard Cachia Caruana.
As sources explained to MaltaToday, the lack of readiness resulted in national television not broadcasting what turned out to be an important vote, as it normally does.
Regular direct links were held from the House during the Opposition motion that called for the resignation of former home affairs minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici.
PBS did not even have enough newsroom staff to cover the whole event. Even other newspapers were caught wrong-footed because they were not present in Parliament when Pullicino Orlando decided to unleash a frontal attack on Cachia Caruana.
Sources at PBS told MaltaToday the reporter covering Opposition leader Joseph Muscat's press conference after Monday's vote was upbraided for not taking Muscat to task on former Labour minister Lino Spiteri's column in The Times, who said civil servants should not be accountable to parliament.
Spiteri wrote that the Opposition's motion was "mystifying" and "misplaced", and that it contradicts Muscat's well-put projection of "a man of ideas with a visionary eye."