Romania – The continuing financial troubles at TVR are rumbling on, with TVR’s Board of Directors requesting an urgent meeting with the Romanian Minister of Finance. Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2016 is still in the balance.
According to press reports today, the TV station owes a debt of €10 million to the EBU. The last instalment of €250,000 was paid in January and it cannot sustain future instalments. The station may not be able to broadcast Euro 2016 and the Olympics in Rio because of the situation, and Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2016 is also in question.
The TVR Board of Directors has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister of Finance and hope to urge the government to pay the fees to enable the continuation of the broadcaster.
When we asked Ovidiu Anton, this year’s Romanian representative, at the London Eurovision party about the situation, he said he hoped that things would be settled and he would be able to be in Stockholm. He intends to carry on preparing as if he is going and will wait to be told anything different.
Romania has been an ever present at Eurovision since 2002 and has never failed to qualify for the final in that time. Their highest placing is third in 2005 and 2010.
Fingers crossed it all gets sorted and we hope to see Ovi in Stockholm!