OGAE Portugal have announced that RTP will not be participating in the 61st Eurovision Song Contest.
Portugal becomes the first country this year to withdraw from participating in next years song contest. The news is disappointing for all involved as Portugal has been one of the longest participating countries in the song contests history.
Dr. José Lopes de Araújo of RTP has already communicated the news to the EBU. The channel has said that it will be undergoing restructuring and hopes that it will return to the competition in 2017. Portugal previously withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 due to financial issues facing the channel.
Source: OGAE Portugal