NORTH MACEDONIA The head of delegation from North Macedonia presented a report to MRT with several improvements for the country’s participation in the Eurovision Contest.
Participation in 2023 and sanctions on the delegation due to the controversy in Turin have not yet been decided by the MRT.
North Macedonia’s state broadcaster recently revealed a report submitted by Meri Popova, the country’s head of delegation, to MRT with a series of improvements for participation in the Eurovision Contest, as a result of the assessment and study process that is being developed by the Macedonian broadcaster with the aim of improving the reputation of the event, weakened by the latest controversies involving the country’s representatives.
The document presented by Meri Popova was requested by the MRT Programming Council, with the head of delegation pointing out five points to improve for a future participation in the Eurovision Contest: long-term strategy (establishment of lines of work from the month of September and the definition of the method of selection in good time), expansion of the delegation (the delegation has an insufficient number of professionals, with several elements with other projects and programs in parallel), increase of the participation budget (the head of delegation asks for an increase of the budget, claiming to be a major obstacle to the country’s participation), to optimize the economic performance of the participation (establishment of a marketing plan, with several advertising partnerships and to enhance the Eurovision brand) and public relations committee (with MRT channeling the preparations for the event in a more diplomatic, coordinated manner and would safeguard the public image of the event and the broadcaster).
However, after the document was presented to the Council, several elements considered the analysis “insufficient, with a notable lack of self-criticism and reflection on the current functioning”, although a large majority of the committee agreed with the proposals presented.
In this way, Meri Popova, Head of Delegation, was called upon to deliver a new document, with improvements in the proposals and self-criticism, while the Programming Council asked the Director-General of the MRT for a final decision on the disciplinary measures to be applied to the members of the delegation after the controversy surrounding the flag at the Eurovision 2022 contest in Turin.
In addition, MRT has not yet made any decision on participation in next year’s contest.
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