Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national broadcaster BHRT has come to an agreement with the European Broadcasting Union over its debt to the EBU of CHF 6 million (€5.5 million). This means BHRT will still have access to EBU member services, including UEFA EURO 2016.
Earlier in the month, BHRT announced that it would be forced to suspend broadcast operations at the end of June due to its substantial debt of over KM 25 million (€12 million).
However, now a last-minute agreement has been made with the EBU. This will ensure that BHRT will have full access to the EBU’s member services, including the upcoming UEFA EURO 2016 tournament, ensuring that BHRT will continue broadcasting at least until the end of EURO 2016 on 10 July. The broadcaster hopes to reach an agreement with authorities that will allow it to continue broadcasting after this date.
The EBU’s director general Ingrid Deltenre said, “The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains critical but we are hopeful that BHRT will be able to agree a plan with the Government to help repay their debts and safeguard sustainable funding to allow audiences to continue to enjoy sport on the channel throughout the summer.”
As it stands, the restoration of EBU member services means that BHRT would be able to enter and broadcast Eurovision 2017, however this would still be dependent on both the broadcaster continuing its operations beyond July and having the funding to pay the entry fee and participation costs for Eurovision 2017.
Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurovision 2016
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