It’s a sad day in Belgarde—and all across Eurovision Nation. That’s because RTS, Serbia’s state broadcaster, has announced that it will not participate in Eurovision 2014.
The news came this afternoon after several weeks of negotiations and internal meetings. As we reported back in September, officials had hoped to compete and were looking for creative ways to fund participation. However, as a report in today’s Telegraf makes clear, the cash-strapped broadcaster couldn’t make it happen. Here is the official statement from Serbia Radio and Television:
The continuity of the participation of Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest is terminated due to financial reasons and costs for participation and organization of departure of the delegation to the Eurovision Song Contest.
As an independent state, Serbia took part in this prestigious competition since 2007. During these years it has achieved a number of good investments. In 2008, as host of Eurovision, Radio Television Serbia set a new standard in organizational and technical issues that still serve as an example for the Eurovision community.
The news will break the heart of ESC fans who have admired the country’s stirring entries, including 2007 winner “Molitva” from Marija Serifovic.
The last portion of the RTS statement was sent to us in bold, giving us hope for the future:
Radio Television of Serbia will evaluate the possibility of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest next year, as soon as the stable and sufficient funding from the budget.