The Director General of 1FLTV has confirmed that Liechtenstein will not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
In an interview with ESCPedia, Peter Koelbel the Director General of 1FLTV the only television station in Liechtenstein explained the reasons behind the country not participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Koelbel stated that:
(The) EBU will accept 1FL. This is not the problem. In order to become a member you have to pay an admission fee and an annual fee. For this money you can take part in song contest and more important in program exchange. We are only reporting about Liechtenstein and program exchange has for us no value, therefore are the EBU fees – only for song contest – for us too expensive. We are a private station and we believe that taking part in song contest and presenting Liechtenstein to a multi-million audience must be in the interest of the state and so the state should contribute to the cost of song contest. Up to now, no chance.
Liechtenstein faces a number of issues in participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, but remains hopeful of participating in the contest in the future. In 2009 the broadcaster stated a serious interest in taking part in the 2010 contest, using a selection process based on the successful German series “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”.
Liechtenstein, Kosovo and Vatican City remain the only three sovereign states in Europe to have not participated in the Eurovision Song Contest.