B&H participation in jeopardy due to debt

by Stella Floras 67 views

The participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest seems to be in grave danger as the broadcaster is called upon to pay up a substantial amount due until 30th April.

The BHRT debt to the EBU totals nearly 2.9 million CHF (close to 2 million euro) and although such a debt would not be tolerated under normal circumstances, the EBU clearly understands the problems faced by the broadcaster and have been supportive so far. But as no payment has been received to date, they now request that a sum of 250.000 CHF (about 170.000 euro) is paid until 30th April or the broadcaster will be not be allowed to take part in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The EBU recently appealed to the B & H House of Parliament and House of Peoples drawing their attention to the problem and asking them to take an active part towards a solution. In the letter, it is made clear that although BHRT received substantial support in the past when considerable debts were written off (post war and up to 2002) this cannot happen again. The EBU state they are willing to resolve the problem through a long term rescheduling but it seems they have not received a valid proposal so far.

Furthermore, unless another 500.000 CHF is paid my mid June, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be barred from receiving any more EBU services and that includes signal for the World Cup. The total balance is due on 31st December 2010.

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Stella Floras

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