San Marino – The Director General of San Marino RTV, Mr. Carlo Romeo, has blasted the EBU in a press statement today claiming smaller states are discriminated against in the new voting regulations and it looks like the micro state could be threatening to withdraw in future.
”Small States are, once again, discriminated. Not only, now the discrimination is even formalized. This is barely tolerable and the San Marino national Radio and Television is unsure whether it can tolerate it next year too. It is unbearable that certain decisions are simply communicated and not shared with the involved broadcasters”.
Speaking to ESCDaily, Paul Jordan, comms manager at the EBU said
“We have, to date, not been approached by SMRTV. We are of course interested to hear their view and to further clarify the new voting format. We would like to reiterate that this decision was taken by the Reference Group and the TV Committee, in line with agreed procedures.”
Initial assessment of the new voting rules by fansites did suggest that smaller states and those with less diaspora may suffer a little. There were however some raised eyebrows on social media as the story broke with comments such as the following…
Do you think the new voting rules are fair to countries like San Marino, and does it have the right to complain?