As European countries face stricter measures to curb Covid-19, broadcasters look ahead to Eurovision 2021. However, San Marino is still hoping things can go ahead for 2020. Broadcaster SMRTV has revealed that it has appealed to the EBU to reconsider postponing Eurovision 2020 until the autumn.
San Marino’s Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni has revealed the broadcaster’s appeal to the European Broadcasting Union.
He explained that the broadcaster has “promoted an appeal in which we ask the European Broadcasting Union to rethink a possible autumn edition, a way to restart not only the programming but also the return to normal.”
Capicchioni claims that SMRTV is among several broadcasters who are petitioning the EBU to postpone the 2020 song contest. However, so far no other broadcasters have publicly confirmed that they are also wanting the show to be postponed.
The San Marino Head of Delegation says that the broadcaster has pitched a number of alternates for holding Eurovision this year. He even has a snappy slogan for his campaign. Capicchioni says, “We believe in the Rotterdam 2020 motto, #openup – we don’t want it to be a #shutdown.”
SMRTV’s Director-General has more to say
SMRTV’s Director-General Carlo Romeo has also reiterated his position that postponing Eurovision 2020 would have been better than cancelling.
The broadcasting head earlier issued a statement in which he called for Eurovision 2020 to be postponed to sometime in the autumn, rather than be cancelled outright.
He has since given two reasons for wanting the 2020 show to be postponed. He says it will honour the work done by the various delegations and the host broadcaster, and to give a positive message in these troubling times. Romeo said that even television entertainment has a responsibility and must “give a signal of survival and return to life.”
Earlier this week that EBU confirmed that while broadcasters are welcome to invite back their 2020 artists, they are still required to select new songs for the next edition of Eurovision.
San Marino had been due to compete at Eurovision 2020 with the Italian singer Senhit performing the disco song “Freaky!”.
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