Famed TVM news anchor and journalist Keith Demicoli has taken to Facebook to reflect on his time with the newsroom – and what a time it was.
The post comes ahead of his departure from TVM in April to become the Head of Communications and Brand Development for the Chamber of Commerce.
Having started working at TVM in 2008, one of his first memorable moments on the job happened close to Valentine’s Day that year, when former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff asked for him personally.
“Former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff had called the newsroom of Television Malta, and to my great surprise asked for me!”
Demicoli described himself as feeling both anxious and excited at the call and immediately went to meet him for what was described by Mintoff as an ‘exclusive story’.
“What happened next ended up in the news of all local media, and at a glance, I realised that I was working in one of the most sought-after newsrooms in Malta.”
It was this moment that Demicoli credits for his realisation of the true scope of TVM’s importance and influence on the Maltese people – and the responsibility he carried while working for the national station.
His nearly thirteen-year career with TVM has helped garner him a large following of Maltese viewers, with even cats being reported to pay close attention to his news casting too!
For Demicoli, he has felt like his time at TVM has been as if his “dream had come true, and I wanted to somehow make it memorable and lasting in the memories of myself and all those who follow us”.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity and the incredible appreciation of thousands of Maltese who followed the productions, services, news, broadcasts and major events that we prepared as a team.”
Looking back at his career, Demicoli noted one of his most cherished memories and experiences with the newsroom included being a news anchor, reporting on the EU-African summit in the Côte d’Ivoire and when he tried to help children continue to foster an interest in broadcasting.
There were also fun and quirky moments, including when Demicoli tried to interview a dog too, which no doubt was a bark of a time.
A particularly special moment in his career was when he ended up “interviewing my own daughter because she was part of a Maltese group that won a European competition”.
Demicoli finished his post thanking everyone for letting him “be a part of the history of broadcasting in Malta and I am convinced that in some way we will stay close to each other with other programs, broadcasts and initiatives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
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