EUROPE – Germany’s official Eurovision website gave some interesting information about the cost of the participating countries in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. In Spain newspapers like “El Pais” questioned the policy of TVE not to reveal the information about the cost since the public is paying for it anyway, accusing the national broadcaster for transparency issues.
Bad rankings like the German ones create the question why participating and why paying (especially since Germany is one of the BIG 5 members), causing a lot of questions in the social media.
Since a country wishes to participate in Eurovision it has to pay a fee, the information for which is never revealed. Though in 2015 Spain revealed that Vienna venture cost 356,000 Euros (Spain is also a member of the BIG 5), Germany 363,500 Euros. More examples given by NDR.
In 2016 The Netherlands paid 250,000 Euros, Romania paid in 2014 130,000 Euros, Ireland in 2013 paid 70,000 Euros, Greece in 2012 paid 120,00 Euros, Montenegro 23,000 Euros and Malta paid in 2010 80,000 Euros. Fees are determined also according to TV rates each country has the previous year, under the lever they reach the Eurovision services (news and sports feeds). EBU is charging the hosting country with a minimum of 5 million Euro budget for hosting the event.
The BIG 5 are said to be paying most of the costs. If we consider that Vienna’s Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 cost 15 million Euros, then Spain and the rest of BIG 5 members paid each 2,4% of the budget but this is also a key argument in the complaints for participating despite their bad results. But it seems it is worth as the 2016 production cost in Sweden was about 14,3 million Euros producing three lie shows, a cost that could easily be given to buy the rights of British Premier League.
Germany paid in 2016 less than 400,000 for the Eurovision Song Contes but the broadcaster considers it as a successful project because they aired with that money almost 8 hours of live TV sow to 9,33 million viewers despite the poor result for the country’s participation.