TVM (Malta)

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Television Malta
Type Broadcast television network
Country Malta
Owner PBS Ltd (Government of Malta)
Launch date
1962
Former names
MTV, Malta Television, Malta Television Service, Xandir Malta
Official website
www.tvm.com.mt

Television Malta (TVM) is the national television station of Malta. TVM is operated by Public Broadcasting Services Ltd (PBS). PBS Ltd is state owned.

TVM broadcasts a mix of news, sport, entertainment, magazine programming and children's programmes. It is funded through a government grant and commercial advertising. The majority of programmes broadcast on TVM are produced externally of PBS. PBS publishes details of the types of programmes it wishes to broadcast on TVM and production companies provide PBS with a detailed report of their proposal for the programme.

Most programmes are broadcast in Maltese, however the Maltese speak both Maltese and English so English also features, mainly in BBC and ITV titles. Sunday evenings are dedicated to classic British comedy, and English language films are shown on Saturday evenings.

The English language feed of EuroNews is also broadcast daily.

In October 2011, PBS announced another overhaul of the TVM brand, to mark 50 years since the establishment of the Malta Television Service in 2012. The new branding pays homage to previous TVM identities, and makes use of the Maltese cross, which features heavily in the new L-Aħbarijiet title sequence.

In March 2012, PBS started its trial transmissions on the new channel TVM 2, which has replaced Education 22 (E22). The broadcast time starts at around 15:00pm and finishes at around 12:00am.
On the 8th of March 2012, PBS also started trials of TVM HD, the first HD channel from Malta. The channel is available to all those who have Melita Netbox or iBox and can be found on channel 110. GO, Melita's main rival in the cable television industry on the Maltese Islands included the channel later in their schedule and also exclusively TVM2 HD.

A new programme schedule was announced, including an increased number of news bulletins and a new current affairs-led breakfast show.

News[edit]

TVM's news programming is the most popular on the islands and is the only TV news not provided by a political party. "L-Aħbarijiet TVM" is broadcast nightly at 8pm as well as various short updates throughout the day. There is also a sign language version and "TVM News", a summary of news in English, both broadcast once daily.

It has been given the honour of the local TV station of the year.

In October 2011 L-Aħbarijiet and was given a makeover in line with the rest of TVM, marking TVM's 50th birthday.

L-Aħbarijiet Schedule: 12 Noon 14.00 16.00 20.00 21.45 23.15

The TVM Newsroom also provides news bulletins during the breakfast "TVAM" programme.

TVM also carries bulletins from EuroNews in English, and in the past has carried bulletins from Britain's ITN.

TVM Online[edit]

TVM has rolled out a new website, www.tvm.com.mt. PBS' website (www.pbs.com.mt) now redirects to the new TVM website.

Watch & Listen Online[edit]

PBS offers live streaming of its TV & Radio channels. These can be found on the website TVM Website

On Demand[edit]

Following the revamp of TVM's website, the new On Demand service has been added. One can catch up with their favourite TVM & TVM 2's shows by using the TVM Player
TVM Player

TVM Programmes for 2013-2014[edit]

Breakfast Television[edit]

'TVAM' is TVM's breakfast programme, presented by Daphne Cassar, Pierre Portelli and Joe Mifsud. News bulletins are broadcast as part of TVAM, provided by the TVM Newsroom.

L-Aħbarijiet[edit]

12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00, 20.00 (Main Bulletin), 21.45 (Except on Saturday), 23.15

Early Evenings[edit]

Family entertainment is broadcast most weeknights. Highlights include game shows 'Menu' presented by Ryan. After this, before the 20:00 news sometimes there is "Reporter", sometimes "Għandi Xi Ngħid", sometimes "Dissett" and some times "#Times Talk".

Primetime[edit]

Sunday - Friday, L-Aħbarijiet is followed by drama and comedy such as Deċeduti, Min Imissu, Salib it-Toroq, Bijografiji and D.R.E.A.M.S. On Saturday, discussion programme Dissett followed by the news.

Late Evening[edit]

After the 2145 news, the schedule is dominated by information and discussion programmes. Bondi Plus is shown Tuesdays and Thursdays, Qalbinnies on Mondays and Lenti on Wednesdays. These are followed by lifestyle at 22.45, including motoring programme PaqPaq. The night's programmes conclude with a final news bulletin in English at 2315.

Weekdays[edit]

Films in the English language are shown on Saturday evenings at 2145 after the discussion programme Dissett, these films are broadcast from 2145 to mostly 2315 (films mostly last for two hours) sometimes if films are more than 2hrs long, the film will be continued after the news at 2315. The programme will resume under the programming block "Night Events". Religious programming is featured on Sunday mornings. Classic British comedy is shown before the 2000 News.