PBS wins court case in Malta

by Benny Royston 58 views

A court in Malta has ruled that PBS can prohibit foreign composers and songwriters from participating in the Maltese selection process to choose the country's Eurovision Song Contest entry. Grace Borg, who represents Maltese singers and also owns a record label had applied for a court injuction to allow foreign composers from entering.

The court today ruled in favour of PBS and the Ministry of Culture who can now proceed with the selection process to find the country's next Eurovision Song Contest representative.

Grace Borg, Chairperson of the Malta Eurosong Board until 2005, has for several years been against many of the decisions taken in the Maltese selection process since losing her position. She had attempted tochange the rules to allowforeign composers and songwriters to enter the competition.

In January 2008, Ms. Borg made accusations of possible corruption and the way in which the 16 finalists for Eurosong 2008 were selected. You can read more about the story here.

In 2007, a war of words with her successor Robert Abela as Chairperson for MaltaSong broke out over the sale of Malta's Eurovision Song Contest single, Vertigo by Olivia Lewis and in 2006, a lawsuit was filed against Ms. Borg by Mr. Abela over comments she made regarding the Maltese delegation's treatment of Keith Camilleri who was representing Switzerland as part of Six4One at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Read more about the story here.

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