The European Broadcasting Union has rejected the application of Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuais for full EBU membership.
The EBU has confirmed that CCMA’s application to join the union as a full member has been rejected. Claire Rainford, a spokesperson for the EBU explained that:
The EBU does not have, nor has it ever had, any regional station of a member state of the International Telecommunication Union or the Council of Europe as an independent member. EBU statutes do not offer this possibility
CCMA had been hoping to be a member of the EBU based on the recent debut of Scotland and Wales at Eurovision events. The EBU added:
The United Kingdom is a unitary state made up of four constituent nations, not regions or autonomous communities as In addition, the United Kingdom envisages that the territories participate separately in sporting events
Catalonia & Eurovision
TV3 which is part of the CCMA has prior experience working on the Eurovision Song Contest having co-operated with the Andorran national broadcaster in 2004. RTVA worked with TV3, the Catalan regional broadcaster to produce the Andorran selection process for Eurovision Song Contest.
El Nacional previously reported that CCMA was looking at what EBU events it could start broadcasting to help boost its membership chances. Among the programs that were discussed included Eurovision Song Contest, and whether it could provide Catalan language coverage of the competition.
According to analysis by Barlovento, the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 had an audience of 1 million viewers last year in Catalonia. This was made up of 400,000 in large cities, and 600,000 in the regions.