TVR the Romanian national broadcaster has submitted the paperwork required to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
In an interview with Evz.ro the President of TVR the Romanian national broadcaster has confirmed the broadcaster has submitted paperwork to compete in Eurovision 2017. Mrs Irina Radu stated that the broadcaster had filled in the required paperwork with the hopes to compete in next years contest, but that TVR has until October 10 to withdraw from the contest without financial penalty.
Mrs Irina Radu is in the middle of a radical overhaul of the heavily indebted Romanian national broadcaster. The channel is currently facing years of under-investment and debts, as well as falling viewing figures. TVR had its access to services removed by the European Broadcasting Union at the end of April having not paid debts to the Union since 2007. Mrs Radu stated that the EBU were working with TVR to revitalise the broadcaster.
Romania brings the number of countries have either confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 or has stated an interest in participating in next years contest to 35. A number of countries are still yet to publicly state whether they will be participating they are; Georgia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and San Marino. It is not yet known if Australia has been invited to participate again in 2017, while Bosnia & Herzegovina is looking unlikely to be competing next year.