Eurovision 2020: NPO is positive regarding government funding

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NOS, the Dutch national broadcaster, reports that NPO is positive regarding the government funding it has asked for in order to organize the upcoming 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

NOS reports that the financing of the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam seems to be getting through.

According to Mr. Slob (Dutch Minister of Media Affairs) most signals to get an amount from the General Media Reserve are green.

Slob says that due to the the increase in advertising income there is more money than expected in the reserve. He does not mention amounts, he expects to be able to provide more clarity next week.

The pot of reserves contains money that has already been reserved for the broadcasters. The government therefore does not allocate extra money.

Slob warns that if money is taken out of the reserve, it can no longer be spent on other things. According to NPO, the broadcasters are agreeable with this.

ESC 2020 Budget

The total budget for organizing the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is 26.5 million euros.

NPO is to contribute 2.5 million euros, whilst broadcaster AVROTROS will pull out another 2 million euros. The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) will contribute  a further 9.6 million euros.

Thus the ESC 2020 organizing broadcasters (NPO, NOS, AVROTROS) are seeking the remaining 12.4 million euros from the Dutch government. That money could therefore possibly come from the reserves of the broadcasting resources.

In addition to the money for organzing the contest and tv production, the Municipality of Rotterdam and the province of South Holland will be allocating 15.5 million euros for the event. This money will be mainly used for the security, city dressing and side events in Rotterdam.

NPO is positive

NPO is pleased that most of the signals regarding the government to make a financial contribution in order to organize the 2020 Eurovision edition in Rotterdam are green.

A spokesperson from NPO has stated :

But formally there is nothing on paper yet, we will wait for that. It  will good news for the Netherlands

More clarity on the government’s decision to finance the event is expected to come next week. Minister Slob apparently hopes the Eurovision Song Contest remains a one-off event:

It’s nice to win, but then you have a challenge. Winning has happened to Ireland three times, we shouldn’t have that.

Source: NOS

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be a co-production by three Dutch national broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS.

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 12, 14 and 16 May at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.