FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Few days ago the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that MRT, the national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, is currently not eligible to participate and broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest due to unsettled debts to the EBU.
According to local media, the Association of Journalists of “Macedonia” urges the government to resolved the issue with the EBU as besides the Eurovision Song Contest, all international events provided by EBU are no longer available for broadcast in the country.
At the moment MRT is in debt of 500,000 Euros to the EBU and AJM emphasise on the danger for the broadcaster to be out of the EBU soon. AJM states: Debt settlement means that MRT will not be able to broadcast a program from any member of the EBU, not even the sports matches, films, foreign shows, cartoons, documentaries. Currently, according to information from the EBU headquarters, MRT does not have access to the content that is broadcast through their services.
It seems that MRT is not actually the one to blame for the issue although the broadcaster has serious debt this year. The bureaucratic procedures for the way the broadcaster is paying off its international obligations is non functional alongside the mismanagement of the broadcaster’s resources.
FYR Macedonia will be allowed though to participate in the 2017 Junior Eurovision this month.