Bulgaria had updated their official website some time ago with their status as attending Eurovision 2014 and this had been reported by several Eurovision sites. However there was no formal communication to the EBU or the press. That news has just been received.
BNT (Bulgarian National Broadcaster) has released the following statement
“Bulgarian National Television will not take part in Eurovision Song Contest 2014 . Motivated by the desire to promote Bulgarian music and Bulgarian artists, BNT has send participants to the prestigious competition for 9 years. In order to participate, BNT is obliged to pay a licence fee , which has gone up by a 100 percent this year, compared to 2005 – the first year of participation. BNT also has additional expenses for the national selection of participants and the presentation of the Bulgarian song to the European public, as well as for all services and special effects during the show. Given the cost of this project and pending budget cuts next year, BNT decided to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest as a first step in the financial constraints the television will have to take.”
Bulgaria’s absence will come as a surprise to many.
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : BNT and escXtra