Romania will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest this year because of the some unpaid debts that country’s national broadcaster Televiziunea Română TVR owes to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), it was announced in an official statement on Friday.
The decision was made after a deadline given to the Romanian government to make satisfactory arrangements to repay the debt expired on Wednesday 20 April. However, EBU does not apparently know that not the government but the Parliament is actually responsible for the operation of public service broadcaster TVR.
This incident appears to be the first in the history of European music event. According to Eurovision.tv, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) restricts TVR’s access to all materials and services delivered by the public broadcasters of the Member States, because of repeatedly failing to pay debts owed to the union. The payment invoked by EBU now stands at about 16 million Swiss francs.
Thus, the winner of the local Eurovision, Ovidiu Anton and its song “Moment of Silence” will not be seen and heard in the second semifinal of the Eurovision 2016 scheduled for May 12. Moment of Silence also for broadcaster TVR which will have no access to the signal of the SVT, the Swedish TV host of the event, which, according to Eurovision, means it will not be able to air the event at all.
Video: Romania no longer entitled to take part in 2016 Eurovision Song Contest
Video: Ovidiu Anton – Moment of Silence: Romania National Final Performance