Days after HRT pulled the plug on Croatia’s Eurovision hopes for Copenhagen next year, alarm bells are ringing once again as Serbian broadcaster RTS are considering whether to follow suit, according to InSerbia News. Aleksandar Tijanic, chief executive officer of RTS, spoke to Serbian daily newspaper Blic about the possible decision.
“We are still thinking about whether we will participate in the Eurosong or not,” he said. “In a month we will make a final decision. Public service is in big financial problems. Eurovision is very watched here, but it costs us about 350,000 euros, before the marketing process. Of commercials and sponsors we cover about 200,000 euros, but there is still the expense of 150,000 euros. At this moment we are still gathering information so we could make the final decision”.
Apparently Moje 3’s controversial outfits in Malmö were really, really expensive…
Dragan Ilic, head of the last year’s Serbian delegation, has pointed out that financial difficulties are the main reason Serbia are considering withdrawing from Copenhagen next year.
“Public service is in financial troubles and it depends on management whether we will have the money to go to Eurosong,” he said. “As far as we, the music editorial team which implements Eurosong, are concerned, we have been in contact with the representatives of Eurosong and we are making all the preparations as if we will participate”.
Moje 3 was chosen to represent Serbia at Malmö earlier this year, with their entry “Ljubav Je Svuda”. They fell agonizingly short of reaching the final after finishing 11th in the semi-final with 46 points.
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