TOURISM MINISTER SECURES EUROVISION 2013?
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
Finally a sane voice heard in the press while Greek media seem to support government’s decision to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Ms Olga Kefalogianni, Minister of Tourism spoke to PARON newspaper and said that the promo of Greece through Eurovision is necessary in this phase of crisis the country goes through. She explains that ERT has found a sponsor and therefore the national broadcaster will pay nothing for the Eurovision 2013.
The truth lies in between. Yes it’s not easy for ERT to spend 300,000 Euros for the entire project of Eurovision 2013 – although they easily spent 32 million Euros for Champions League rights. Though government parties such as Democratic Left party are victims of commercial TV stations who know already that this sponsor will cut its 300,000 from their market share of commercial ads and this is why they shout against the contest since last week.
ERT officials and Eurovision team are giving a big fight – like never before – to save the participation of Greece in Malmo. They all suggest patience and composure until Greece gets the TROIKA money on 13/12 and await the final decision of the government two days later. On behalf of all Greek Eurofans we hope logic will prevail in the end. Some of us though understand that last year’s attempt to use newcomers which ended up in one of the worst rankings in the contest is also a key factor for government’s decision!
We remind you that based on our exclusive information, ERT found a sponsor who will also cover the potential Greek national final which will take place in February. Sponsorship includes possible promo tour, EBU fee and traveling to Sweden for the entire team.