FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – In a surprise newsletter we found out that the European Broadcasting Union fined MRTV and is not allowing anymore to broadcast any Eurovision broadcasts including the Eurovision Song Contest.
This will happen if MRTV is not going to pay its debt to the European Broadasting Union which sums in the amount of 500,000 Euros.
Although MRTV had in 2016 income of 19.3 million Euros, its debt risen to 21,8 million Eurovision to regional and international obligations.
Claire Rainford, EBU’s Senior Communications Officer says: “Unfortunately the Macedonian Radio Television has no longer access to our services until it pays off its debt”
This reminds us all the case with the Romanian participation inn the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2016 which left the delegation without a contest the very last minute.
MRTV’s General Manager, Marjan Cvetkovski says:”MRTV’s broadcasting fee was canceled this September as the new goverment made a decision to fund the broadcaster from the state budget.”
- FYR Macedonia, has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times since its official debut in 1998.
- The country had attempted to participate in 1996, but failed to qualify from the audio-only qualifying round. Macedonia is one of the most unsuccessful countries in the contest, having failed to crack the Top 10 in the 8 appearances it has made it to the final.
- FYR Macedonia’s best result in the contest is Elena Risteska’s 12th-place finish in 2006.
- FYR Macedonia has failed to qualify from the semi-final round in nine of the last ten contests (2008–17), the exception being Kaliopi, who finished 13th in the 2012 final.