ERT to replace NERIT in a month!
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
ATHENS, GREECE – It was back in 2014 when EBU allowed Greece to participate while the country was in transition in-between ERT and NERIT. Not an active member NERIT got special favour from EBU to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest despite missed deadlines for official broadcast opening something which happened on early May instead of early March.
The newly established government got vote of confidence in the Greek Parliament this week. One of the priorities is to re-establish ERT as the official national broadcaster of the country as Minister of State Mr Nikos Pappas said. He explained that it will not be the old ERT coming back but a new broadcaster with the same name. The bill for the new national broadcaster will be submitted to the parliament within a month.
It is quite certain that a transition from NERIT back to ERT might take months, not only on screens but also on legal terms but still a new national broadcaster will have a new legal status which means that will have to re-submit application to the EBU for active membership something that it’s only approved once a year, on early December. In the meantime it’s quite interesting to see if EBU and ERT/NERIT will make any deal to smoothly by-pass any potential participation problem in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
It’s unlikely to see Greece disqualifying from Eurovision 2015 due to this first because the country firmly accepted participation already and will pay anyway within March the necessary fee for the participation and second because the government assures everyone that the transition from NERIT to ERT will take place as smoothly as possible and in any case without any black screens this time!
In the meantime we have further delay in the official announcement of Greece for the national final. It’s almost end of the week and still NERIT and MAD TV made no progress in the arrangements for the finalists, the venue and the date of the national selection. Rumours say that there are problems into finding sponsors! Other rumours claim dispute between artists and labels. So far we know that Shaya, C:Real, Barrice, Thomaïs Apergi and Maria Elena Kyriakou will bid for Vienna. To be honest I don’t count on that list 100%!