Owing to an ongoing funding crisis, Bosnian broadcaster BHRT has today announced that the country has withdrawn its application for Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm. They did so just one day ahead of the deadline.
For those masochists out there who want to endure just a bit more torture, rest assured: it ain’t over just yet. BHRT is still looking for sponsors — maybe Hari Mata Hari can fund the whole thing on their own?! — and the EBU has granted them the possibility of re-applying before the end of October.
Here’s the broadcaster’s official statement:
Radio Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) has withdrawn its application for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, within the deadline for withdrawal without financial consequences, with the possibility of a subsequent application for participation in the competition for the best song of Europe.
The decision was taken after intense negotiations with the EBU, who indicated that this time, in view of the difficult financial situation BHRT caused by the drastic fall in income from the license fee, Bosnia and Herzegovina could still participate if this broadcaster finds an sponsor or provides financial means by the end of October. This could bring Bosnia back to this prestigious competition and give an opportunity to shows potentials of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the widest European audience.
Bearing in mind the interests of the public, BHRT, together with its business partners, promises to make every effort to provide funds for the participation of BHRT, the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.
We invite all interested to contact us, to be a part of the ESC in 2016, and to be promoted in the best and the most watched programs of Radio Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As in the last three years, the Bosnians just keep playing games with our hearts. We know they’re trying, but perhaps its best to assume they won’t be in Stockholm. Don’t wanna get our hopes up and all that…
The country’s public television tax is among the lowest in Europe, and even the EBU has been clear about their fears the station might collapse.
On the other hand, many artists have expressed their support for a Bosnian comeback, including former Eurovision stars Dino Merlin, Hari Mata Hari and Marija Sestic, who would like to become the Valentina Monetta of the Balkans!
We seriously hope that Bosnia and Herzegovina will receive the support they need to get back to Eurovision this year. If any very wealthy person is reading this and is willing to get a bit of self-promotion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is a certain public broadcaster who would be interested in helping…
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