ATHENS, GREECE – The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be the 40th anniversary for Greece but it seems that there are two key factors for the country’s participation in Copenhagen. The economic crisis and the issue of the national broadcaster. Last year despite the intention to withdraw the Ministry of Tourism managed to convinve the Prime Minister to change his mind. What about this year?
The economic crisis remains a key factor. There will be needed 120,000 for the EBU fee just to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Although the national final cost and the delegation to Copenhagen costs are expected to be covered by sponsors and outsourced most likely once again to MAD Television, it’s still a big question whether Greece can spend 120,000 out of public founds for the EBU fee. Though from EBU sources we know that Greece is eligible to request discount or special payment methods to avoid the burdon of the direct payment.
On mid June Greek national broadcaster shut down with a day. Since August there is an interim national television called HPRT (Hellenic Public Radio Television) which is though not eligible yet to participate in Eurovision as it’s not an active EBU member. The country is suppose to have a new national broadcaster (called NERIT) by the end of the year a necessary action also needed for the Greek Presidency in the EU.
THE FINAL DECISION
Due to the lack of an official national broadcaster, although the interim state television is working properly, the final decision will be made by the manager of Hellenic Public Radio Television which is the Ministry of Finance. The EBU deadline within which a country must accept participation or withdraw without a financial penalty is due on November 22nd. The final decision from Greece is expected that day!
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