Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national broadcaster in deep financial crisis
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – BHRT, the federal national broadcaster of Bosnia and Herzegovina is in deep financial crisis for years now but it seems that it reaches a dead end with speculations and estimations that the broadcaster might be totally shut down marking the first European country without a national television.
The broadcaster needs extra 255,000 Euros to survive its working conditions while the labour and working costs already reduced and the broadcaster is airing programs with the lowest resources possible.
New model of taxation for the broadcaster fees is needed but the government hasn’t make any provisions. This lead the management board of the broadcaster to issue the gradual reduction of the BHRT program until they stop airing totally. If this happens soon though, without any government provisions this will endanger the country’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, a country which returned to the competition after three years.