Joanna Spiteri ap­pointed Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity CEO

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Dr Joanna Spiteri has been ap­pointed as chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity. She re­places Pierre Cas­sar.

In 1998, Ms Joanna Spiteri was con­ferred a BA (Hons) de­gree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies by the Univer­sity of Malta with her main dis­ser­ta­tion fo­cus­ing on the changes in Mal­tese print jour­nal­ism since the 80s. After ob­tain­ing her first de­gree, she worked as a jour­nal­ist at Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Ltd. news­room pro­duc­ing lo­cal and for­eign fea­tures for tele­vi­sion and ra­dio.

She also cov­ered par­lia­men­tary sit­tings. Dur­ing the two years at PBS Ltd. she pre­sented and pro­duced cur­rent af­fairs pro­grammes on TVM and Radju Malta, two of which had won the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity’s Pro­gramme Awards. She pro­duced and pre­sented a se­ries of pro­grammes on Chan­nel 12 fo­cus­ing on the work done by vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and adult learn­ing.

In 1999, she joined the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity as a Su­per­vi­sor in the Pro­gramme Mon­i­tor­ing Depart­ment. Dur­ing the ten­ure of this post, she read for a Mas­ter’s De­gree in Arts at the Univer­sity of Malta fo­cus­ing her re­search on the por­trayal of gen­der is­sues in news bulletins. Her in­ter­est in gen­der is­sues led the au­thor­ity to ap­point her as a Chair­per­son of the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity’s Equal­ity Com­mit­tee in or­der to li­aise gen­der is­sues at her work­place with the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for the Pro­mo­tion of Equal­ity.

In 2004, she drafted the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity Guide­lines on Gen­der Equal­ity and Gen­der Por­trayal in the Me­dia. She was in­volved in a num­ber of projects with re­gard to gen­der and the me­dia in­clud­ing the co-or­di­na­tion of an EU project known as ‘Por­tray­ing Pol­i­tics: A Tool­kit on Gen­der and Tele­vi­sion’ and co­co­or­di­nat­ing the staff at the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity to as­sist the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor, Dr Brenda Murphy, in the Global Me­dia Mon­i­tor­ing Project. In 2001, she at­tended a work­shop within the news depart­ment at the Ir­ish Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice, RTÉ. This work is the re­sult of her re­search on news and gen­der is­sues.

She fol­lowed her stud­ies by read­ing for a Ph.D. with the Univer­sity of Stir­ling in Scot­land where she stud­ied news im­par­tial­ity in the Mal­tese TV broad­cast­ing sce­nario, the role of the pub­lic ser­vice broad­caster and the role of the Broad­cast­ing Au­thor­ity in achiev­ing im­par­tial­ity on the tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing me­dia.

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