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EXCLUSIVE: TURKEY WITHDRAWS FROM EUROVISION 2013

Turkey just announced they are withdrawing from Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The first information is that STAR TV in Turkey just published a TRT announcement. The reason is not financial. Fragment of the announcement: we heard that many countries will not take part in the contest this year and every country channel is free to choose to participate or not and in this case, we decided not to take part in the contest this year… of course we keep an open door for next year’s ... | read the full story here

December 14, 2012 6:22 pm // 0 Comments

BHRT WITHDRAWS FROM EUROVISION 2013

Bosnia and Herzegovina has pulled out of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo. The difficult financial state in which the national broadcaster, BHRT, is in was the main reason for the withdrawal. It comes a month after Bosnia confirmed its participation to the EBU. “The BHRT board has decided not to send a song to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. BHRT sent a preliminary participation confirmation at the beginning of the month with a clause that it would fully make its decision by ... | read the full story here

December 14, 2012 4:42 pm // 0 Comments

ERT STICKS TO PRIMARY DECISION

The team of oikotimes.com has some news for the Eurofans across Europe: Greece which declared participation interest on November 5th is not sending a withdrawal request by Friday as political plots originally aimed. The national broadcaster is finalizing the technical details for the 2013 participation tomorrow noon and will not send a withdrawal letter to the EBU on Saturday (99% confirmed by secure sources). The source revealed to oikotimes that “it’s insane to withdraw when we ... | read the full story here

December 11, 2012 10:02 pm // 0 Comments

SLOVAKIA OUT, CYPRUS IN, GREECE PENDING

The official confirmations came after a thriller week passing through. Slovakia is officially out of the contest as STV announced it. Therefore once again oikotimes.com is confirmed despite the opposite fellow sites claimed. Cyprus is also confirming participation after resolving budget problems occurred due to the economic crisis which landed to the island the past few months. Now it’s up to Greece to confirm the obvious: that the country will participate in the ... | read the full story here

December 5, 2012 12:14 pm // 0 Comments

TOURISM MINISTER SECURES EUROVISION 2013?

Finally a sane voice heard in the press while Greek media seem to support government’s decision to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Ms Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Tourism spoke to PARON newspaper and said that the promo of Greece through Eurovision is necessary in this phase of crisis the country goes through. She explains that ERT has found a sponsor and therefore the national broadcaster will pay nothing for the Eurovision 2013. The truth lies in between. Yes it’s ... | read the full story here

December 2, 2012 2:31 pm // 0 Comments

GREEK THRILLER CONTINUES

One of the three parties forming the current government of Greece are also reacting in the possible participation of the country in Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Democratic Left said that the country should not participate this year and show to the Europeans the Greek people is not participating in luxurious events. The team of oikotimes.com has one answer for them: dear politicians do you have any idea of what are you saying? where did you see the luxurious event? due to the economic crisis we ... | read the full story here

November 30, 2012 10:46 am // 0 Comments

NEW IDENT FOR EUROVISION BRAND

The European Broadcasting Union has refreshed its image by launching a new dynamic logo. The new logo focuses of the letter “O” in the word Eurovision, creating the feeling of a pulse, engraving motion and dynamism. According to the Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jan Ola Sand, the new logo symbolises diversity. However, tradition will be upheld with “Te Deum” playing as the logo is screened. The new Eurovision logo will debut at the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest ... | read the full story here

November 30, 2012 10:25 am // 0 Comments

KEDIKOGLOU: WE SHOULD WITHDRAW IN 2013

The statement of government spokeperson Simos Kedikoglou that Greece “should withdraw in 2013 from Eurovision Song Contest depicting the popular sentiment” caused shock in the Eurofan world. First of all the minister made huge mistake if the statement is true (we have no doubt really because the source is one of the most respected newspapers in the country, To Vima). On the other hand we cannot explain his quote saying that people themselves want to withdraw from Eurovision when the ... | read the full story here

November 29, 2012 1:49 pm // 0 Comments

EBU: ONE MORE REJECTION FOR KOSOVO

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, has said Kosovo will not be eligible to enter the contest in 2013. “Kosovo is not an active member of the EBU and as a result cannot take part in Eurovision”, Sand says. Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, has been attempting to enter Eurovision for the past several years. Serbia, which does not recognise Kosovo’s independence, has previously threatened to pull out of the contest if ... | read the full story here

November 28, 2012 6:16 pm // 0 Comments