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ESC Reporter | March 27, 2017

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Romanian participation in danger

Romanian participation in danger
Emma Kiernan

Romanian participation in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is already in jeopardy after it was announced that its broadcaster, TVR, may be closing in Spring 2015.

According to Mediafax.ro, Director of TVR, Stelian Tanase, stated that the broadcaster will not survive financially if it does not find support in the unions of Romanian Television. TVR is in debt due to having to pay the EBU for both participation in Eurovision and the World Cup this year.

Romania-insider.com reports that the unions have recently sued TVR for larger employee salaries, which further added to it’s financial strain but the unions claim the employees are not to blame for TVR’s bad financial situation.

The rules of the contest mean that for a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). If the Romanian broadcaster does indeed shut down this spring, Romania will be unable to participate this year.

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