ROMANIA – From technical to financial, European Broadcasting Union is already in Bucharest to assist the national broadcaster to become more independent, to secure its finances and be able to pay its debts and regulate the work in order to have better TVR in the upcoming years.
EBU appointed Borin Bergant, senior EBU consultant as the liaison with TVR. In his statements he said: “With TVR management we try to find solutions to improve the work. You can always make things better.”
EBU’s Jean Philip de Tender stated: “Because TVR has small audience under 4 percent, we’re here to try and help to increase the television audience with content and programs of public station. I think we’re making progress. We discuss both TVR and the government, how can we establish good and lasting relations.”
A few months ago, TVR has lost the right to transmit the European Football Championship and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 despite the country already chosen an artist and nearly Public Television was excluded from the EBU. Relations have improved only after the Ministry of Finance has paid over 6 million.
Following negotiations, TVR undertook to pay the remaining debt of almost 10 million in more than 3 years. In this way Public Television will transmit Eurovision in 2017 and 2018 football world championships and 2022.