It has been reported that the EBU has granted Israeli broadcaster KAN a two week extension for initial funding for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
This follows recent reports that Israeli broadcaster KAN were struggling financially with their early planning of next year’s contest.
According to The Jerusalem Post, there has now been an agreement between KAN and EBU for a new deadline for the €12 Million hosting deposit to be paid which is now Tuesday 14th August.
Israeli broadcaster KAN has reported that they urgently require government funding in order to secure the sufficient budget to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Following the agreed payment extension between KAN and EBU, The Jerusalem Post have also reported that chairman of KAN Gil Omer has written to Israeli Communication Minister Ayoub Kara urgently for financial assistance.
There is a growing fear from Gil Omer that should there be no funding for the project, the future of KAN as a broadcaster could be put into “existential danger”. Omer says:
If the deposit is forfeited, we will find ourselves in a budget deficit that we cannot cover.
Omer insists an agreement must be made between government and the broadcaster in order for both to work together as full budget is expected to be in excess of €35 million.
The Communications Ministry has since responded to the plea from Omer, releasing the following statement:
The IPBC is responsible for producing the Eurovision out of its own budget… I will make a special effort with the relevant authorities to allow the finance minister to grant a loan for the purpose of holding the competition.
Should a financial agreement not be made and KAN not meet the deadline on the 14th August, the EBU may be forced to strip Israel of their hosting rights and look into alternative hosting countries.
There are currently 3 cities in Israel in contention for being the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Currently the most likely city is Tel Aviv, with Eilat and 1979 and 1999 host city Jerusalem also in the running.
Israel won the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 following Netta’s win in 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with her song “Toy”. The song won with 529 points in total.