Govern­ment gave undis­closed amount in fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to PBS to or­gan­ise Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The govern­ment forked out an undis­closed amount to PBS for the pro­duc­tion of Sun­day’s Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test.

The glitzy event was held at the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Val­letta. The con­test, brought to Malta af­ter Des­tiny Chukun­yere’s win in Bul­garia last year, was won by Ge­or­gian con­tes­tant Mariam Ma­madashvili.

Re­ply­ing to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion by PN MP Karl Gouder yes­ter­day evening, Jus­tice and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici con­firmed that the govern­ment had as­sisted PBS fi­nan­cially.

“See­ing that the Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test is not com­mer­cially vi­able and also the im­por­tance that the coun­try pro­vides a qual­ity prod­uct, the govern­ment gave PBS fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.”

Dr Bon­nici did not spec­ify what the amount was. To be fair, the PN MP did not ask what the amount was but sim­ply asked whether there had been any spe­cial fi­nanc­ing by the govern­ment.

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