Malta – As Amber arrived back in Malta this week, after failing to qualify for the final, PBS CEO Anton Attard appears to have indicated to waiting reporters that Malta would enter again in 2016 but with the possibility of a changed selection process.
V18 chairman Jason Micallef called on the PBS CEO to resign after Malta failed to reach the Eurovision final, saying,
“The past five years have been abysmal when it comes to Malta and the Eurovision and Anton Attard has to answer for it.”
The two men have some history with various other spats about tv programming.
PBS, apparently in an indirect response, issued a statement thanking Mr Attard, the Maltese head of delegation in Austria, for the sterling work carried out in the last seven months. It said it would continue to expose new Maltese talent via the EBU.
MaltaToday managing editor Saviour Balzan waded in too, responding to Micallef’s original angry Facebook post by asking what he would have said if Amber had qualified for the final.
Mr Micallef seems to have forgotten the very good showing by Gianluca Bezzina in 2013 when he finished 8th with ‘Tomorrow‘. Malta is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1991. It has however, failed to qualify for the final in 3 out of its last 6 entries.