The year 2020 may be the first and last time that Junior Eurovision costs some countries more money than the adult version. At least that’s what we’ve learned from the budget and accounts of RTVE, the Spanish broadcaster.
Spain at Junior Eurovision 2020: 46,000 euros
The physical setting of Soleá’s performance cost 13,700 euros, while the staging was worth 1,500 euros. That’s slightly less than what RTVE had planned on spending. The broadcaster was looking to spend up to 16,700 euros originally.
A curiosity about the 2020 edition was that the broadcasting rights were free, while in 2019 RTVE had to pay more than 30,000 euros.
Eurovision 2020: 34,000 euros
RTVE’s budget department may be home to some of the few people in the world who were happy that Eurovision was cancelled. In fact, while the broadcaster had planned to spend almost 700,000 euros in the 2020 edition, it only spent a little more than 34,000 in the end.
The biggest part of the planned spend were the broadcasting rights, which would have been almost 300,000 euros.
Technical resources and personnel would have accounted for another 140,000; another 73,000 were for “artistic resources” and 48,700 were for dresses and props. None of this was as expensive as Edurne’s performance.
However, the contest was cancelled in March and those expenses were never made.
The most expensive chapter of RTVE’s real budget in 2020 was for accommodation — almost 20,300 euros. Technical resources and personnel accounted for another 11,500 euros.
Europe Shine a Light: 30,000 euros
For May 16, when the Eurovision final should have taken place, the EBU put together Europe Shine a Light, a tribute to the contest that never happened. For RTVE, that meant an extra 30,000 euros.
Again, technical resources and personnel were a big part of that budget, accounting for more than 23,000 euros. 2,000 more euros were spent on graphics and 2,550 on artistic resources.
To sum it up: RTVE spent 10 times less than what it had planned on Eurovision 2020. While it had an expected cost of 691,000 euros, it ended up around 65,000.
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