Last December Bosnia & Herzegovina’s state broadcaster BHRT shocked Eurovision fans when it decided not to participate in Eurovision 2013. In recent months fan web sites have stirred hope of a possible comeback, but the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurovision doesn’t look so bright.
One year after withdrawing from Eurovision, BHRT is still mired in financial woe just like FTV and RTRS, the other two parts of the country’s public television service. The state broadcaster has had to delay its plans to go digital, and viewers are already suffering. BHRT no longer broadcasts exclusive content, such as the English Football League, Champions League, concerts of big stars, licensed shows and popular series. Private networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina are now winning the race against the state-controlled networks. Viewers are part of the problem: Not all citizens are paying their television license fees on time. Shame on you!
Now we may lose Bosnia and Herzegovina from Eurovision forever. A few days ago, it was reported that B&H has ditched Eurovision in favor of newly founded Turkeyvision. According to Novi Magazin, the move is motivated by the expense of Eurovision. If BHRT can’t afford to participate in the contest, this would be a major coup for the private networks. For years they have wanted to buy the rights to broadcast Eurovision, which BHRT rejected. If Turkeyvision becomes the viewers’ only option, the private networks have won.
Insiders say the band Emir & Frozen Camels will represent them in Turkeyvision. This old rock band reminds us of Albania 2013.
B&H’s withdrawal from Eurovision is still not officially confirmed. When news broke yesterday that they may attend Turkeyvision instead of Eurovision our friends at the oikotimes.com contacted BHRT, who said particpating in Turkeyvision does not rule out participating in Eurovision. We’ll have to wait and see….
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)