CyBC, Cyprus’ state broadcaster, has announced that the country will not participate at Eurovision 2014. The Mediterranean nation is know to la la love Eurovision, but there simply isn’t enough money in the pot to make competing a reality.
In a statement issued on Thursday the broadcaster said that its decision reflects public sentiment. It added that its board of directors “took into account the additional reduction of the CyBC budget for 2014 and the need for drastic cuts in programming expenditure.”
Cyprus continues to experience higher-than-expected economic contraction, and ratings agency Moody’s recently said the country’s banks need an additional 1.5 billion euros to stay afloat. The country has had a negative rating with Moody’s since May 2009.
Y’all have seen Cyprus’ economic contraction reflected in its Eurovision acts for at least two years. In 2012 Ivi Adamou had to withdraw from Eurovision in Concert just two weeks ahead of the concert because of financial difficulties at CyBC.The Cyprus Mail reported that employees of the broadcaster had not received their salaries in the month of March because parliament had not yet approved their state budget. That led to a four-hour blackout and to proposed strikes by staff members. Funding Ivi’s Eurovision campaign seemed a little insensitive.
Earlier this year in Malmö Cyprus’ Despina Olympiou staged a very low-key performance. It was lovely, but seemed to suggest the broadcaster didn’t have the funds for something more elaborate.
We’re sad to see Cyprus go, so will mourn their loss by paying tribute to Ivi.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)