While the Euro Zone still manages to withstand the negative vibrations, the Eurovision is falling apart exactly due to these financial off keys. After Poland and Portugal, Greece and Cyprus plan to opt out of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 as well. According to TO VIMA newspaper, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou stressed on Thursday that ‘public television broadcast should not participate in the Eurovision contest in response to prevailing public sentiment.”
Greece’s withdrawl is considered as certain, unless sponsors would cover the costs.
A few days ago, Poland and Portugal announced they had withdrawn from this years contest for financial reasons. Representatives of public television in Portugal spoke of financial difficulties, the result of the economic crisis. Poland did not participate last year and plans to do the same this year.
The same skepticism has been expressed by representatives of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation who said that “given the current economics of Cyprus, some might consider as challenging the presence of RIK in such an event.” The official decision will be taken next week. Cyprus has already sought the aid of EU/IMF bailout mechanism.