Andorra – It’s the final nail in the coffin of any hopes of Andorra returning to the Eurovision Song Contest ever again. The Andorran national broadcaster announced today that they would withdraw their membership in the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). However, membership in the organization is the most important prerequisite for a participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. The reason for this drastic move are the overwhelming financial problems the channel is facing.
The Andorran government has cut financial aid to the channel from 3,4 to 2,8 million euros. The broadcaster already has a bigger depth than is allowed by the law that helped found it. In the coming years the personal will be reduced and associations with other channels will be cancelled in order to save financial resources.
Ràdio i Televisió d’Andorra had become a member of the EBU in 2002 and started participating in the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul 2004. Since then Andorra has entered 6 songs into the competition, but never managed to qualify for the final. After Susanne Georgi’s “La teva decisió” didn’t reach the final in 2009, the broadcaster withdrew from the contest due to financial reasons. It may well be that Georgi’s entry will be Andorra’s last for a very long time.
Susanne Georgi – La teva decisió
Source= Diari d’Andorra