The Director-General of TRT has stated that discussions have started between the EBU and the broadcaster regarding the Eurovision Song Contest.
Turkish newspaper Milliyet reports that TRT has commenced discussions with the European Broadcasting Union regarding Eurovision. In an interview with journalist Ali Eyüboğlu, the Director-General of TRT, Ibrahim Eren discussed Turkey’s absence from the Eurovision Song Contest:
TRT took a decision a while ago regarding Eurovision. They said, that ‘without a change in the voting system, Turkey would not participate again’. The Board of Directors is still behind this decision but we are talking with “Eurovision” (EBU) again. They have a new, very good Executive Supervisor from North Europe. I think this year Eurovision was really successful. After many years they did a very good show. Our colleagues started talks with the new Executive Supervisor. I don’t know what will happen.
Turkey withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, after disagreements with some rules such as the Big Five. Their last entry to date was Can Bonomo with his Song “Love Me Back” in 2012, where it was hosted in neighboring country Azerbaijan.
The European Broadcasting Union has on numerous occasions welcomed a possible return of Turkey to the competition. Before their withdrawal from the competition Turkey was one of the largest markets for the competition will millions of viewers tuning in to the competition every year.
According to reports from 2009, the contest repeatedly broke viewing records for TRT year on year, bringing in millions in advertising payments during the contest. The Grand Final in 2009 was watched by 58.54% of viewers and was the most-watched show of the week.
Image Source: EBU/ Eurovision.tv | Source: Milliyet
Turkey first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975. During the 20th century, Turkey only managed to place in the top 10 on two occasions, ninth in 1986 and third in 1997. Turkey won in 2003 with “Every Way That I Can”, their first ever entry completely in English. They went on to achieve six top 10 results in the following years. They withdrew in 2013, citing dissatisfaction with the rules of the contest.