TIMES OF MALTA REPORT / MALTA – The board of Public Broadcasting Services has removed CEO, John Bundy from him role following contractor irregularities at the broadcaster.
The board of the Maltese national broadcaster has this evening unanimously terminated the contract of John Bundy as its CEO. The sacking of Mr Bundy follows an investigation into a number of contracts that the broadcaster signed under his tenure as CEO. These include a deal involving the leasing of vehicles at the broadcaster as well as issues surrounding the securing of advertisements at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
According to Malta Today, Mr Bundy demanded that the participants in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest receive a free cruise in exchange for advertising as part of the show. When challenged on the prospect, Mr Bundy is reported to have exploded into a “vulgar outburst” regarding how the PBS board would react.
John Bundy had been the CEO of Public Broadcasting Services for 14 months, having taken over from Aton Attard during 2016. Mr Attard left the broadcaster following reports in the Maltese press of excessive spending on participating in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In a statement released by the board it was explained that: Mr Bundy had failed to follow important procedures according to the company’s procurement policies and this was a breach of the obligations regarding the procedures of a public entity.
Charles Dalli has now been instated as the new CEO until the board votes on a new head of PBS.