Malta: Norman Hamilton Resigns from Eurovision Consultancy PositionWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Promise is the first word that springs to mind when noting the announcement a couple of months back that the Public Broadcasting Services was set to take over the full extent of the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest especially with a competent person such as Anton Attard at the helm noting the success that many people can vouch for when it comes to his role within N'N'G Promotions, a private company which puts up concerts in the Maltese Islands. Despite appointing a number of personnel by his side, it seems that they have all withered away behind the public eye but then again, it seems that it is all being blown out in public now especially with the loss of Norman Hamilton who has decided to quit his Position as a Consultant from the supposed team due to the 'lack of respect' as mentioned on The Times of Malta and as featured on ONE Television.
Norman Hamilton had worked extremely well last year with Anton Attard and that is why he took up the position once more, always noting without any remunaration for his work. It is to be remembered that Norman was one of the most successful Heads of Delegation to represent Malta taking us to tenth position in 1996 with Miriam Christine, ninth position in 1997 with Debbie Scerri and a third place in 1998 with Chiara. This time round though it seems that Mr.Attard has somewhat been keeping the matters to himself, closing down any other opinions, something that Mr.Hamilton was been called upon to give. The issues that have been pointed out in recent weeks include the removal of Ylenia Vella from the team, replaced by Amber who has been commented as having nothing to do with the winning song. He also commented on the disappointment that ONE Television could not feature anything on the Eurovision Song Contest. On a much more personal note, Norman Hamilton also passed forth his idea of Juries but the names were not included for any phase with Mr.Attard including individuals whom he had decided himself.
In the long run, the saga of the juries continues noting disgruntlement how newscasters had actually become prolific professionals in music to decide on the winner. In another blow, this year, Norman Hamilton will not be giving any coverage on ONE Television and may not even watch the semi-finals as he will be away and might not have any media access. Another reason for this decision is the way that Malta did not protest over the shooting of stray dogs in Baku, Azerbaijan. This disappointing resignation comes to be known as the major one in recent months but Anton Attard has long decided to change the strategy by opting to not allow local media to attend this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals. Nevertheless, despite all of this, the numbers of our coverage were on par with those of the Public Broadcasting Services in some areas and even better in other areas, which is very much a win for us in this situation.
In a interesting reply made by Anton Attard, it was stated that the word Consultant did not mean Dictate and well this kind of response was to be expected from a seasoned man in the entertainment and business industry. He has also gone on record to state 'Unfortunately partisan politics has clouded Mr Hamilton's judgment in a number of ways'. We would like to wish Norman Hamilton, the very best of luck with the rest of his career as a host on ONE Television of the popular show 'Bla Agenda'. Honestly, we hope in the future that people like Norman are given better treatment as they work for the best interests of the country. Kurt Calleja will ultimately represent Malta with the song This Is The Night in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Source: Times of Malta, ONE Television