It is looking like we are heading for a Greek Tragedy as the widening Financial Crisis could be about to clain another Eurovision Scalp. Yes Greece looks like it maybe forced to withdraw from the 2013 running of the Eurovision Song Contest. At this rate we could be heading for just 1 semi final!!
Greece had confirmed earlier this month their intention to be in Sweden for next year and maintain their 100% record of qualifying for the Grand Final. However today the Executive Member of the Board of ERT – The Greek National Broadcaster confirmed that they do want to be in Malmo that they have as of yet not secured ther required funding for the contest. The Greek Broadcaster has like many others’ been faced with cut backs due to the Global Financial Situation and the increase in the participation fee for this year’s contest from 100 thousand Euro to 120 thousand Euro has not helped the situation.
This will mean that the braodcaster will have to rely on private sponsors for their participation in next year’s contest. It makes you wonder that with the Irish National budget being announced next week could RTE find themselves in a similiar position. Only time will tell.
Would Eurovision be the same without a classic Greek pop song? Could Sakis Rouvas just pay the entry fee and come back for a third time? Let us know.
Greece in happier times.
Authour/Website Creator and Chief Editor Garrett Mulhall
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