The Dutch broadcaster NPO has officially submitted a request to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science asking it to make a financial contribution to the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year. The spokesman for Mr Arie Slob (yes, that’s his real name), the department’s minister, confirmed the news to Dutch entertainment show Shownieuws.
According to Slob’s spokesperson, the request is now at the Ministry where it’s being looked into. The details of the request and the amount involved are not yet clear. In developing its request, the public broadcaster has taken into account that the cost for the music festival will amount to around 30 million euros.
It don’t come easy, and it don’t come cheap. But the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is most definitely coming to the Netherlands. We know that a part of this expense will be funded by a contribution from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), while the rest will be made up partly by sponsorship (from the likes of Moroccanoil) and the sale of tickets. But even with all of those contributions, there will still be a gap left to fill.
NPO boss Shula Rijxman said in August that she hoped that politicians would want to contribute 15 to 20 million euros to the organization. But Prime Minister Mark Rutte had already stated publicly that the Dutch government will not necessarily equip NPO with any additional funds. They should instead first try to finance it within the existing budget.
The costs incurred by the NPO for the organization of the music spectacle relate to the TV show and the event itself. The municipality of Rotterdam is already financing the song festival. The city has reserved an amount of 15.5 million euros, which relates to the so-called side events and visibility of the music spectacle throughout the city.
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