As a result of a revised budget, NPO finally knows how much money it needs to finance Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam — €26.5 million! And because of that, the Dutch broadcasters have once again submitted a letter to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science asking for additional funding.
Eurovision 2020 budget — €26.25 million
Calculations show that the host broadcaster needs an additional sum of money to afford all the planned expenses. This funding deficit amounts to €12.4 million. And host broadcaster NPO strongly feels that the Dutch government should help close this gap.
However, it is not guaranteed that the government will cough up the dosh. Shortly after the Netherlands’ victory in May, Prime Minister Mark Rutte made clear that the government won’t simply throw a bag of money at anyone.
In August, NPO boss Shula Rijxman announced that Eurovision 2020 would need an additional 15 to 20 million euros to cover everything. This plea from Hilversum for help was answered with a lot of negativity in The Hague. Politicians wanted to see an actual budget plan before talking about funding. With the publication of the revised budget, this plan is now there.
As the yearly budget for the public broadcaster is yet to be finalised, the NPO might seize the opportunity to get some more finances. Shortly after the letter had been sent, news broadcaster NOS announced that Minister Arie Slob of Education, Culture and Science will look at the request. The topic of Eurovision 2020 is also on the agenda of the House of Representatives on 25 November.
How much will Eurovision 2020 cost?
The costs of hosting Eurovision in Rotterdam are estimated to be €26.5 million. The EBU has announced that it expects to contribute €9.6 million from fees of the participating broadcasters, sponsorship and ticket sales.
The broadcasters will account for €4.5 million. Umbrella public broadcaster NPO will fork out €2.5 million, while AVROTROS will spend €2 million on the upcoming event. As a result, €12.4 million is still to be found from other sources.
Outside of the Eurovision budget, host city Rotterdam is set to spend €15.5 million on fringe activities, such as city promotion and local events.
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