EDITORIAL – It was revealed today that San Marino state television reacted to to the new rules as oikotimes.com reported earlier this afternoon. EBU though responded that SMRTV has not contacted the European Broadcasting Union to discuss or refute the new rules.
It is true that EBU rules are clear: Reference Group can decide on behalf of the national broadcasters and change the format of the show at any given moment. Though I am personally concerned why this decision is not given to the national broadcaster afterwards to have a small deadline to refute at least before they go public with the official announcement.
It’s not EBU’s fault that’s for sure. Why? Because unlike San Marino, we at oikotimes.com have at least four national broadcaster representatives speaking to us – off the record – and complaining about the new rules, one of which actually call them “bullshit”. EBU says none of the member broadcaster complained. Our assumption is that national broadcasters should stop using the media and the fan sites to moan all the time and act as “chickens” when it comes to the EBU. A national broadcaster representative actually said “we don’t wanna fight with them”. If that’s so then stop moaning and cope with the new rules.
What is this all about? I am strongly reacting to the new rules for one reason: Overall the new voting system and presentation is actually fair and empowers tele voting. My reaction to the new system is that in case of annulment a country’s vote will not be their own but a pre-selected voting by countries pre-decided by the EBU. EBU said to oikotimes that this is about the balance of the show.
But in the very end I have to ask again and again: Do we want a Eurovision with results in which one or more countries (for whatever reason have cancelled their jury or tele voting) are not of their own? I have to also ask: Why San Marino will suddenly get tele voting from pre-selected countries when the country delivered for years only jury voting since they cannot hold public voting due to fears of manipulation based on population rates?