Miriam Vella presents Bejnietna – Maltese Radio. MIRIAM VELLA is a prominent figure in Melbourne’s Maltese community. Miriam’s also been teaching Maltese upper primary and lower secondary school students every Saturday for the last 20 years. “I am proud to say I started with just six students and now there are four teachers and over 100 students studying Maltese at Brimbank Secondary College,” she says.

Miriam came from a family that was involved in music, dancing and the arts. “After starting in community radio, I knew it was my calling –I should have done it years ago.”

In her show ‘Bejnietna’, which means ‘togetherness’; she presents news, current affairs, talkback and interviews with members of the local community.

She also encourages listeners to share poetry, short stories and traditional recipes.

“I like to involve the younger generation and encourage them to speak Maltese so the language won’t die out.” A segment in which she plays the cries of hawkers selling their wares at markets – which she recorded while visiting Malta – has proved to be very popular. Bejnietna provides you with all the latest Maltese news and community information. Also on the show is a variety of Maltese interviews and talk-back discussion.