The public broadcaster of the entity of Republika Srpska, which forms a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, RTRS wants to take over the broadcasting rights to the Eurovision Song Contest and send a representative for the country (top story in their official website). Bosnia and Herzegovina is divided between Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats with Serbs making up the predominant majority in Republika Srpska whose capital is Banja Luka.
RTRS is working on a project with a band called Alexandira who was preparing to send a song under the working title “Horizonti” (Horizons) to Eurovision. RTRS says it is willing to finance Bosnia’s participation at Eurovision and called BHRT’s withdrawal a disgrace. “As a result we will fulfil our duty towards Bosnia, its people and offcourse promote quality music from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the former Yugoslavia”, the general director of RTRS Dragan Davidović.
UPDATE BY AJDIN MEHIC – EUROSONG.HR
Hours after BHRT announced Bosnia&Herzegovina’s withdraw from Eurovision 2013, various medias in this country blamed BHRT. They think Bosnia should not let the opportunity of promoting itself in Europe and rest of world. Eurovision is one of competitions where B&H is presented in a good way and where this country managed to get fine placings.
RTRS, one of three public television in B&H, said they would help BHRT with money and send group Alexandria from city of Banja Luka to represent the country in Malmo.
Other TV station, Face TV from Sarajevo, gave even better option to BHRT. Director of FACE TV, Senad Hadžifejzović, said his television would organize national final in Zetra or Skenderija (in Sarajevo) and that they will do absolutely everything with the show and televoting. BHRT would air the show with their own logo on it. Also, Face TV would help BHRT with paying 50.000€ of Eurovision fee.
Interesting, Senad Hadžifejzović and his team organized BH national finals in 1999 and 2003, both in Skenderija where 7000 people watched the show live.