Following the news that part of the Luxembourg Parliament will debate a return to Eurovision, RTL the national broadcaster of Luxembourg has laid out the reasons why they aren’t returning.
In an interview with Belgian media the Director of Programming for RTL Luxembourg, Mr Steve Schmit explained that it is finances that is holding RTL back from returning. Mr Schmit explained that RTL Luxembourg is a small broadcaster that currently only produces 2 hours of programming in the evening and thus it is a stretch for the broadcaster to compete. Furthermore the broadcaster employees less than 100 individuals.
Mr Schmit went on to explain what would happen if Luxembourg were to win the contest:
For participation it’s simple, we could call upon the sponsor and there were openings at this stage, a few years ago. But the big risk, and it is shared by public bodies is that we can not bear the costs related to the organisation of Eurovision next year.
For RTL, Mr Schmit states they will not participate in the contest with the rules currently as they stand. Mr Schmit did not state which rules the broadcaster has issues with. With regards to Luxembourg and their history in the contest, he added that:
I believe that (with) the enlargement of Eurovision, the days (of victory) are gone. With the new voting system, it is very unlikely that Luxembourg is successful. Small countries are somewhat more troubled now.
Luxembourg last participated in Eurovision in 1993 and has not participated in the contest since.