Today is the cut off date for broadcasters to confirm their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 without facing a fine.
Today is the final day for broadcasters to confirm to the European Broadcasting Union whether they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. BTRC, the Belarusian broadcaster, revealed the cut off date when announcing their selection process in mid July.
Should a broadcaster withdraw after today from competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest it may be subject to a financial penalty from the European Broadcasting Union. A number of broadcasters have previously withdrawn from the contest before the cut off date, having previously stated their intention to compete, these nations were:
- Azerbaijan – 2008
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – 2007
- Germany – 2003 & 2004
- Ireland – 2004
- Israel – 2004, 2008
- San Marino – 2011
- Slovakia – 2003
To date the following broadcasters have shown an interest, confirmed their participation or launched selections:
- The Netherlands
While having launched its selection in July, BTRC the public broadcaster of Belarus has not announced any further information regarding the competition and its selection. It is unknown whether Belarus will participate due to ongoing protests in the country due to a disputed election and mass resignations from BTRC.
The broadcasters of Australia, North Macedonia, Ireland and Wales have all opted to withdraw from competing in this years contest, citing COVID-19. While Albania and Italy, who both competed in last years contest have yet to publicly state whether they will be competing.
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