Romania – As the shock of Romania’s expulsion from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest continues to reverberate, Romanian broadcaster, TVR, has issued a statement on the situation, and will broadcast a TV show discussing it tomorrow.
On April 22nd, TVR held a meeting with the the Ministry of Finance, and were represented by Irina Radu, George and Monica Orbean Ghiurco, members of the Board of Directors, Cristian Zgabercea, General Producer and Ioana Silea, Chief Financial Service.
The discussions focused primarily on the situation generated by Romania’s exclusion from Eurovision, TVR among EBU members, and the general situation of public television.
Following the meeting, it was concluded that, at this time, because of the legal framework in place, the Ministry of Finance believes that the Government cannot be involved in the financial support of TVR.
TVR states in its comments that since 2010, it has regularly raised the issue about outdated legislation, which has led to chronic under-funding of public television, and the law needs to be changed.
More details have been revealed by TVR about the debts. In 2012, TVR signed, together with the Romanian Government, a Memorandum, whereby the Romanian Television has taken a series of measures, including payment to the EBU of instalments. During 2005 – 2010 they paid the EBU 12.4 million euros. In the period from 2011 to 2016 it was almost double at 20.5 million euros.
The total amount invoiced by the EBU during 2005 – 2016 was nearly 50 million, of which TVR has paid 32.8 million euros. To this amount, TVR was required by law also to pay VAT to the Romanian state budget amounting to 11 million euro.
TVR repeatedly raised the issue of funding issues and on 23rd February 2016 a meeting was held by the Parliament, attended by the presidents of the two chambers, Romanian Prime Minister Finance and members of specialised committees – MPs – along with representatives of TVR.
No solution was found.
TVR states that it cannot continue to fulfil its public mission, operating according to the law and the Constitution of Romania.
Tomorrow, Sunday April 24, starting at 21.10 local time, Juliana Marciuc, the producer of Selecţiei Naţionale, and Ovidiu Anton, along with their guests, will discuss the situation arising from the expulsion of Romania from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.