San Marino – The San Marinese Eurovision broadcaster SMTV is facing severe financial cuts as the Italian national broadcaster RAI has to reduce spending. Italy is going through a severe economical crisis at the moment and has to lower its expenses everywhere. Now it is the national broadcaster’s turn to contribute with a reduction in costs. Apparently, San Marinese SMTV, of which RAI holds a 50% share, may be one of the first to suffer severe cuts. Apparently the broadcaster’s head Carmen Lasorella will return to RAI and the entire channel is in danger.
SMTV is the only San Marinese broadcaster which is part of the EBU. It is thus also the only broadcaster which can insure San Marino’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned for more infos on this issue.
Source= Life after Helsinki