The Romanian national broadcaster TVR and the EBU have today reached an agreement ensuring the country will take to the Eurovision stage in 2017.
TVR has announced this evening that the broadcaster has come to an agreement with the European Broadcasting Union over the payment of their outstanding debts. Furthermore the broadcaster has reached agreement with the EBU which ensures that the channel can participate in Eurovision 2017 and the next two football World Cups.
The Romanian national broadcaster had its membership suspended in April after they failed to pay back any part of 9 years worth of debt owed to the broadcaster. Today TVR has agreed to pay back 10 million Euro’s worth of debt over the next three years, as well as pay the fees for competitions already contracted by the broadcaster up to 2022.
Irina Radu the CEO of the Romanian national broadcaster stated that today’s agreement is about ensuring that a repeat of the crisis earlier this year cannot occur again. The channel was forced to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, furthermore it was unable to broadcast the European Football Championships, two major television events for the station. The EBU will now begin guiding TVR through its restructuring process, and will offer high level advice from next week to the channel in Bucharest.
Today’s news now ensures that Romania will be taking to the Eurovision Song Contest stage next year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ensuring that the embarrassment of being forced to withdraw from the contest with less than a month to go does not occur to next years Romanian entrant.
Last year Romania had selected Ovidiu Anton to represent the country on stage in Stockholm, Sweden. The singer was due to perform “Moment of Silence”, he was to perform 12th in the second semi final. However was forced to withdraw from the contest following TVR’s suspension from the European Broadcasting Union. You can watch Ovidiu’s performance from the Romanian national selection final below: