Turkey – Turkish national broadcaster TRT has refused to rejoin Eurovision as yet and has set up the alternative Türkvizyon. It seems however that the door may now open for a return after the EBU apologised…
TRT’s Mr. İbrahim Şahin said,
“Although we were having good results at the contest, we previously signaled that we’re not coming back in 2014 like in 2013; as previous system (voting) changes weren’t asked for our votes. Apart from these issues, we were not taken into the elections for the board of management – though we are one of the strongest members in EBU. Today Mr. Philippot told us their apologies about both situations.“
Although Mr Şahin confirmed they will not participate in 2014, a least they are now talking. There’s still a long way to go though with TRT making demands on the EBU that the EBU may not be able to meet. He went on to say,
“From now on both TRT and EBU will take more initiative about our relations…as EBU showed us their enthusiasm today. There are more than 300 international employees in the EBU and only one of them is Turkish. We are one of the bigger countries in the union so EBU will have less issues like these (participation in the contest, elections and etc) if there are more Turkish employee to contact us in the future”.
Şahin said further that the EBU Director had expressed his regret over failing to exclude Turkey from the voting for a seat on the EBU Executive Board despite Turkey’s candidacy and spoke of his intention to develop relations with frequent visits from now on.
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