BHRT has revealed to Eurofestivales that is currently barred from competing in any Eurovision contest due to sanctions placed on it by the European Broadcasting Union.
The Head of Delegation for Bosnia & Herzegovina has revealed to Eurofestivales that BHRT is currently embargoed from accessing any services provided by the European Broadcasting Union.
Unfortunately, BHRT can not participate in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest or the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, since we are under the EBU sanctions, which means that BHRT can not participate until the debts against EBU are resolved.
The European Broadcasting Union confirmed that;
BHRT is currently denied access to all EBU services because of its high levels of debt with the EBU.
The European Broadcasting Union first placed sanctions on BHRT in December 2016 when the EBU cut off BHRT’s access to the Eurovision News Exchange. BHRT is currently in severe financial difficulties and has been on the verge of closing for a number of years. The broadcasters debts stand at over 3 million Euros.
This is not the first time that the European Broadcasting Union has barred one of its members from participating in the competition. In 2016 the Romanian national broadcaster was forced to withdraw from the competition due to debts it owed to the EBU.
Bosnia and Herzegovina last participated at the 2016 contest, in which returning artist Deen represented the country with the song “Ljubav Je” along with Dalal, Ana Rucner and Jala. The group just missed out on qualification chances, ending in 11th place in the semi-final with 104 points. Before 2016, the country took a break between 2013 and 2015. Before then, the country had managed to qualify from the semi-finals every year they participated. To date the best Bosnian entry is from 2006, in which Hari Mata Hari brought home a 3rd place finish with his song “Lejla”.
Bosnia & Herzegovina debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, at the time the country was at war with Yugoslavia, with the singers having to leave Sarajevo under the cover of darkness to make it to Millstreet, Ireland. The countries best result in the Eurovision Song Contest came in 2006 when Hari Mata Hari made it to the final in Athens and finished 3rd with 229 points, the country received eight sets of 12 points, more than any other country. Bosnia last participated in 2016 where Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & Jala finished 11th in their semi final and failed to reach the final.