BHRT the national broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
BHRT has confirmed to N1 Info that the broadcaster will not be competing in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The country returned to the contest in 2016 with the support of private sponsorship. However this year BHRT has been unable to secure the sponsorship necessary to compete in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Bosnia’s national broadcaster is facing severe financial difficulties with the broadcaster one of the worst funded in Europe. BHRT currently has no secure form of funding from the Government due to a lack of legislation being passed to ensure that the broadcaster can continue operating.
Mrs Lejla Babovic from BHRT told N1 that a return to the contest in the future is not out of the question, however that:
Eurovision is a whole machine, not to come and sing a three-minute song. Public service must have a stable source of funding. When we have it, then we can talk about the acquisition of high-quality programs and additional commercialization, additional revenue that might seem base to participate in such large-scale projects.
Bosnia & Herzegovina debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, at the time the country was in the grips of a war with Yugoslavia. The country participated every year it was eligible to do so until 2012. From 2013 to 2015 the country did not participate in the contest due to a lack of funds available to compete in the contest.
To date a total of 37 countries have stated their intention to compete or have shown an interest in taking to the stage in Kyiv. Portugal has stated their intention to return to the contest, while Romania looks likely to return having filed the paperwork necessary to compete. A number of countries are still yet to publicly state whether they will be participating they are; Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and San Marino. It is not yet known if Australia has been invited to participate again in 2017.