Exclusive: HRT to learn fate within a month

by Benny Royston 68 views

Croatian broadcaster, HRT will learn if it is to face a fine or expulsion from the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest by February 9th. The broadcaster broke the rules of participation during the 2006 competition by refusing to broadcast the Bucharest show live on their main national channel on December 2nd.

The process of determining whether HRT will face punishment and the all important dates have been confirmed to esctoday.com by Svante Stockselius:

"A first debriefing of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 will take place in a telephone conference of the Steering Group on 17 January, where this will most likely be one of the topics. The Steering Group will, if decided so, recommended actions against HRT to the EBU TV Committee at it's next meeting on 9 February, where this will be finally decided".

As exclusively revealed by esctoday.com in a joint investigation with our partner website www.eurovision-croatia.com, The EBU will investigate Croatian broadcaster HRT's decision not to broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on a national channel.
HRT reneged on its promise to the EBU to broadcast the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest live on a national station and thus broke the rules of competition. The show was live only on Satelite channel HRT Plus, leaving many Croatians unable to see the show or to watch on Bosnian or Serbian stations. Speaking exclusively to esctoday.com immediately after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Svante Stockselius told esctoday.com: "This is a violation of the rules and we will have to see what happened and what is to be done".
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