According to the Bosnian news website Klix.ba, Bosnia and Herzegovina are “in danger of being excluded from the EBU” as soon as the end of this month if it fails to settle its unpaid debts, much in the same way as Romania’s TVR were just weeks before this year’s contest.
It’s alleged the Bosnian government has been unable to agree on a solution to BHRT’s funding problems and the article notes “it’s a difficult situation and a solution is needed urgently – but it hasn’t been found yet,”
It also suggests rather sombrely that if a solution isn’t found by May 31st, then what follows could be “darkness on TV screens across Bosnia and silence on the radio”. If this does happen, it would certainly jeopardize Bosnia’s participation in Eurovision and see them withdrawing again just one year after returning from a 3 year absence.
We must stress the EBU and BHRT has NOT made any statements on this matter yet, and this is only what Klix.ba has reported. To check out the article (in Bosnian), click here
Bosnia and Herzegovina first took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993. Before 2016, they had a 100% qualification rate from the semi-finals. ‘Ljubav Je’ was the first Bosnian entry not to make it to the final.
Are we seeing the beginnings of a tougher EBU stance on broadcasters in debt? Will Bosnia and Herzegovina still get to sing in Ukraine?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland