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Reports are just emerging that Turkey have allegedly decided to withdraw from the contest but not for economic reasons.
According to the below report that I have tried to translate as best I could, Turkish Broadcaster TRT had announced back in November that they would be participating at Eurovision in Sweden in 2013. All seemed fine. Then details of changes being made to Eurovision were announced by Swedish Broadcaster SVT.
These changes seem to have been the catalyst for TRT’s Director General to make the decision to withdraw from the contest. The said grievances that TRT have against Eurovision seem to be under the following headings
- They do not agree with the jury and public split vote at Eurovision and would like it to return to 100% Public vote
- TRT believe that the reason the EBU reverted to a 50/50 vote was to aid the poorly scoring Direct Finalists like France, Uk, Spain and Germany
- They Feel that the 100% Public vote was the cause of the increase in the viewing figures for Eurovision in Turkey since 2003 but the new voting is reducing their audience
- TRT allegedly feel it is unfair for the Big 5 to bypass the Semi Finals and go straight to the finals
So as it stands at this moment on the TRT website it is being claimed that Turkey will not be in Malmö due to a protest against the EBU as opposed to Economic difficulties.
As Turkey have been a powerful member of Eurovision for the last decade will they sorely missed in Sweden at Eurovision 2013
What do you think?
(Source TRT Turk Website)
Author/Website Creator and Chief Editor – Garrett Mulhall