As we previously reported, Poland’s state broadcaster TVP has plans to appear at Eurovision 2015, and it has even budgeted seven hours into its preliminary TV schedule for Eurovision. However, we still haven’t received an official confirmation. That may change soon according to Poland’s Wirtualnemedia.plwhich reports that negotiations with the EBU are drawing to an end.

The web site claims that the Polish broadcaster is demanding that the EBU lower the country’s transmission fee, among other things. Apparently TVP is also negotiating whether to air both semi-finals and the final, and at what cost. After all, paying for those butter churners is expensive…

Regardless of their precise demands, we have a feeling TVP is in a strong position. The EBU wants as many countries in Vienna for the 60th anniversary as possible. Are you hopeful?

Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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Callum Nowacki
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Callum Nowacki

@Leon – it’s the transmission fee they want lowered…

moneyrules
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moneyrules

Obviously EBU is looking to find the bounderies on how they can maximize their profits. I think it’s only fair countries appply for lower entry-fees, as the commercial revenues outweigh the incomes by far, I guess.

On the other side, national broadcasters sould not complain compaired on how much they pay EUFA/FIFA for soccergames to be broadcasted on national television.

If they calculate the broadcastcosts per minute I’m sure Eurovision is actually rather cheap compared to the cost they would have to spent on filling those 7 hours of television of the same quality.

Daniel
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Daniel

Thanks Britz26! Just so you know…

1) I am not a great lover of Ukraine in Eurovision, I just like many countries we can get.
2) Same with Poland.
3) @Charles, I agree somewhat with you.

Charles
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Charles

Some countries just won’t participate for several reasons they are entitled to have … either money, either other priorities and internal concerns (like Ukraine) or whatever the reason … it’s not all about the money. It makes perfect sense to me … this is a music contest, not a clash of patriotic egos trying so hard to outdo someone’s else ego … come on! We’re better than that (or we are better than Armenia vs Azerbaijan for instance) … and again wanting to have the whole planet to participate (i’m being ironic here of course) is just a bit childish… Read more »

Britz26
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@Daniel

You are right! Ukraine deserves a lower fee, or a whole free participation! 🙂 I now this can’t happen, but…

Alex
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Alex

The fees seem pretty high as it is. One would hope that following the minimalist feel of last year’s show in Malmo, the theme would be one of frugality.

Pauel
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Pauel

This news is faulse. TVP not yet to decide, it’s all.

Leon
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Leon

@vvg – because they all realize that if there is a standard then everyone should either abide by that standard or not take part at all. I’m sorry but if Poland can’t afford to pay $80,000 participation fee, in a case of a victory how are they going to host?

vvg
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vvg

@Leon – then why won’t those countries simply ASK for lowering the fee? Can’t blame Poland…

Dar
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@ DR face the reality we need the big5 .. No big5 no finances no contest ..

Daniel
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Daniel

Any country who should get a lower fee is Ukraine ( if they decide to take it)

Leon
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Leon

ummm okay. If Poland should get a deal then so should many other countries, namely those with weaker economies like Moldova, Montenegro, Armenia, Georgia, Serbia etc…

DR
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DR

I think it is a bit weird for Poland to get a deal, if they are on a surplus, and with the miraculous Polish economy. However over countries such as the Czech Republic should get lower deals. Even though they may not get good results, the lower price may give them more money to get better acts. Also I would get rid of the big 5 too, even though I’m British. Too much of a capitalistic system where money gets more privalege, only the top Five from last year should go through so Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Armenia, Hungary.

vvg
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vvg

Lower the fees, why not. But, please, TVP – air both semis! Even the one we don’t participate in has a big at-home audience!

deli
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deli

@Freja Cecilia : the problem is that TVP is far from economic problems.

Freja Cecilia
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Freja Cecilia

It’s common knowledge that some European EBU member countries can’t afford participating in the ESC. I’ve said for quite some time that in the same way that some countries pay a higher fee, other countries with smaller pockets can pay a lower fee. Slovakia would benefit from that, and if Poland asks for it then give it to them. They’re obviously struggling economically!

Dar
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Love that we have broadcasters that complain of fees yet some of them have a problem with the status of the big5 ( not talking about Poland here )

deli
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deli

TVP is on surplus for couple of years. That’s true that Polish fee is high but they don’t have right to complain about it, imo.

Pawel
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Pawel

Guys, don’t worry, the article says this ‘blackmail’ with lowering the fee touches only the matter of casting the “non-Polish” semi llive.

Charles
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Charles

Poland will eventually take part with all negotiations resulting positive on their behalf … but I wanted to be mean and ironic I would have to remind Poland or any other country wanting to participate in the same situation of one thing: “You are not Greece”. 🙂