Greek Eurovision participation in grave danger due to cost

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Greek Eurovision participation in grave danger due to cost

Despite having confirmed their intention to take part in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Greece may very well have to sit this one out due to cost.

One more European country seems to be struggling to meet the financial requirements of a participation to the Eurovision Song Contest. Greece, one of the contest’s most ardent supporters is highly likely to pull out this year as the broadcaster has not been able to attract enough sponsorship so far.

Mr Johnny Kalimeris, Executive Member of the Board at ERT, stated to esctoday.com that although the final decision will be made shortly it is highly unlikely that the country will be able to take part this year.

The Greek broadcaster has lately suffered large budget cuts due to the crisis the country faces. Furthermore, the rise in the participation fee – an increase from 100.000 to 120.000- and the considerable cost required for the entire project make it extremely difficult for ERT to find willing private sponsors.

Stay tuned to esctoday.com for the final word on Greece.


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Stella Floras
Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain. I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.


12 Comments

  1. Fan since 1976
    November 29, 2012 at 21:04

    Lina, there definitely IS another reason: one of the rules for participating countries says that they have to be able to organize the contest when they win. As far as I know it’s not possible like in earlier years to give the contest to another country.


    • dimitris calling
      November 29, 2012 at 21:29

      LOL!Well,i’m sure that you are aware of the other countries taking part in esc and their GDP…


    • Lina
      November 30, 2012 at 05:08

      @Fan since 1976 , but theyr far more poorest countreys than Greece who participate…. like: Moldova, Albania, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia . Even some EU countries who is not in Eurozone are in same finansial position with Greece like: Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and Romania. So i dont thing that is ” next year” organisation the problem. My big question to that story is Spain…… how Spain as big 5 country can pay all that huge amount to EBU since Spanish people are still in streets and make theyr revolution for theyr financial huge problems ??


      • Espabila 2012
        November 30, 2012 at 13:18

        Lina, for once, I agree with you… the situation in Spain is critical and I wouldn’t be surprised if TVE withdraws. In all honesty, when citizens are attending Red Cross centers for meals and people are commiting suicide because they are being evicted… well, withdrawing from such events might be the ‘moral thing to do’. I think Portugal has been very brave and Greece might also grab the bull by the horns and withdraw. Let’s be honest, it’s no party time unless you are Scandinavian or Azerbaijani, where money is no problem! But hey, this is only my opinion.


  2. This is my opinion
    November 29, 2012 at 20:21

    well Greece suffered enaugh with financial crisis, hope they will recover, good luck, as for eurovision, they contribute hard to colourful eurovision, i like many greece entries, i wish they didn’t withdraw but what can you do when you need to save money to build other important things, i would respect if greece withdraw on theother hand i be happy if they stay


  3. Dragos
    November 29, 2012 at 18:54

    Acoording to these informations, Greece and other crisis-afected coutries are constrained to abstein from participation. Maybe it is true: Eurovision is becoming a contest for the privileged….to bad…some coutries are really worth watching and listening: Greece, Portugal, the Baltics and some of the ex-Yugoslavs..:(
    About the EBU decision: Bad timing for raising fees around a cultural event such is Eurovision. If tehey want to keep this a cultural event, they must think about current circumstances and maintain the fee at a decent level. Otherwise, ESC will become a contest for the rich (countries), not a contest that promotes European music around this diverse continent. Shame on you, EBU!


  4. dimitris calling
    November 29, 2012 at 18:14

    No Lina.It’s not because of the cost.It’s because we are in crisis and Greek people should show that they don’t want to be part of unnecessary luxury events.Lol!That is what DIMAR(the political party)claims.They issued a statement minutes ago.


  5. Lina
    November 29, 2012 at 18:03

    Dimitri and why the goverment take that decision? Beacuse of participation costs right ? Beacuse i cant find any other reason…. Dont forget that ERT its a goverment broadcast and ERT’s funds is coming from Greek ministry of Cultural….


  6. dimitris calling
    November 29, 2012 at 17:43

    And of course ERT had already decided to take part as we all know and mr Kalimeris talked about it only days ago.However,today the government’s spokesman said that ERT should withdraw from esc in other words it is the government’s decision and not because of the cost.Esc in Greece is a very profitable tv show.However,they have this lame idea that we shouldn’t take part in a song contest while we are in crisis.We should all be in depression,mourning for the financial crisis day and night.


  7. dimitris calling
    November 29, 2012 at 17:15

    This is a horror decision made by amateurs.


  8. Candyman 12 points
    November 29, 2012 at 15:05

    SHame on EBU if it’s true about the rise in participation fee. I wonder how Armenia, Albania, Montenegro and Moldova can pay that fee.


  9. Lina
    November 29, 2012 at 14:11

    EBU rise the participatioon costs ? That is foolish and i will be very glad if next year many countries withdraw from that contest who exist ONLY for money !!!


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