Pierre Portelli re­signs from The Malta In­de­pen­dent

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The Malta In­de­pen­dent’s Con­tent and Business Di­rec­tor Pierre Portelli re­signed from his post ear­lier last week. His res­ig­na­tion from his po­si­tion as a di­rec­tor of the com­pany will also take place in the com­ing days.

Pierre Portelli joined Stan­dard Pub­li­ca­tions Ltd in Oc­to­ber 2013 to im­ple­ment a new strat­egy that has placed The Malta In­de­pen­dent at the fore­front of Malta’s lead­ing me­dia houses. Among other things, he was re­spon­si­ble for the in­ter­nal re­struc­tur­ing process, in line with the in­dus­try’s trends, to shift suc­cess­fully on­line news re­port­ing and con­tent gen­er­a­tion via its newly re­vamped por­tal www.in­de­pen­dent.com.mt

Dur­ing his ten­ure, Pierre Portelli worked with both the ed­i­to­rial and sales teams on business models to cre­ate a syn­ergy be­tween the two, which has se­cured stronger con­tent and at­tracted new clients.

Through­out his 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the me­dia, Portelli started of in the Na­tion­al­ist Party’s news­room at Me­dia.Link and went on to be­come Head of News and Broad­cast­ing Ed­i­tor un­til 2004, just after his in­volve­ment in the EU mem­ber­ship ref­er­en­dum and sub­se­quent gen­eral elec­tion campaigns.

He went on to es­tab­lish Wa­ter­melon Me­dia with his wife, Diane, pro­duc­ing suc­cess­ful and award-win­ning TV pro­grammes to this day.

He re­turned to pol­i­tics when he served as Pres­i­dent of the PN’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Coun­cil be­tween 2008 and 2011.

In July of this year, fol­low­ing the June elec­tion which gave the Labour Party a land­slide vic­tory and de­liv­ered the PN a shat­ter­ing de­feat, Adrian Delia, who had made public his in­ten­tions to run for party leader, asked Pierre Portelli to ad­vise him on po­lit­i­cal and me­dia strat­egy.

In Au­gust, Portelli took leave of ab­sence from The Malta In­de­pen­dent. He has now ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion.

Asked if he in­tends to pur­sue a ca­reer in pol­i­tics along­side the newly elected PN leader, Pierre Portelli ad­mit­ted that he is still weigh­ing his op­tions and that he is se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing run­ning for one of the top posts at the Na­tion­al­ist Party. “For me to take such a huge step in my life I needed to free my­self from the com­mit­ments and obli­ga­tions re­lated to my job at The Malta In- de­pen­dent,” news­pa­per.

He added: “These were four in­cred­i­ble years work­ing with ev­ery­one at Stan­dard Pub­li­ca­tions, a time in which I’ve learnt so much and an ex­pe­ri­ence which has en­riched my knowl­edge, but I feel that it’s time for me to move on. Portelli told this

“Hav­ing ob­served Si­mon Busut­til in his role as leader of the PN, I was con­vinced that he was the ideal can­di­date to be­come Malta’s next Prime Min­is­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, the PN didn’t make it at the polls and Si­mon shoul­dered re­spon­si­bil­ity like the true gentleman he is.

“But the 2017 elec­tion forced me to re­alise that if I want to see my country tak­ing the right di­rec­tion based on hon­est and fair pol­i­tics, I can­not achieve that re­sult from the me­dia trenches. My role can­not be one of an in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ist any longer.

“I con­sider Adrian Delia to be the best per­son to lead the PN and the Op­po­si­tion, which must di­rect its ef­forts to change the di­rec­tion this gov­ern­ment has steered our country into: that of a soul-less state.

“Hence I will stand foursquare with him and help him unite the party in seeing that the PN is truly open to all those who be­lieve in good gov­er­nance, fair op­por­tu­nity and an open so­ci­ety.”

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