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Bosnia & Herzegovina: Eurovision Participation Dependent on Resolving Funding Issues at BHRT

The Head of Delegation for Bosnia & Herzegovina has reiterated that a return to Eurovision can only happen when BHRT’s funding crisis is resolved.

Lejla A. Babovic the Head of Delegation for Bosnia & Herzegovina has spoken to Klix.ba about the possibility of the nation returning to the Eurovision Song Contest. She explained that;

The return of Bosnia & Herzegovina to Eurovision depends mostly on the finances, ie it depends on how the BHRT will operate and whether it will be able to repay the debt to the EBU. If we could find the money and start paying the debts, then we could talk to the EBU about a possible return. So, at best, we can return to 2020, but since BHRT continues to be in trouble and a very small number of citizens pay media tax, it will be hard to take part

Participation in the contest according to Ms Babovic costs the broadcaster between 250,000 and 300,000 Euros. Regarding whether private businesses could fund participation as seen in 2016, she added;

Businessmen and well-performing companies have little interest in supporting BiH’s entry to Eurovision, there is almost no interest. Thus the total burden of sending BiH entry falls to BHRT. However, BHRT is under the EBU sanctions due to the debt of six million Swiss francs, so it would be extremely difficult to someone to come and pay all the expenses.

BHRT is currently sanctioned by the EBU due to its debts to the organisation, meaning that until the debt is payed they are unable to participate in any EBU organised contests.

Source: Klix.ba

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.

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