ROMANIA – In the aftermath of the reactions of the six countries after the EBU intervened in the voting of their juries, Romania is already threatening to withdraw from the next competition, in 2023!
The country’s broadcaster, TVR, is considering a possible withdrawal from Eurovision, and a lawsuit against the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is now possible.
According to an announcement by the Romanian agency on its official website, a relevant exchange was observed between three countries, Sweden, Australia and Belgium, but without any sanction from the EBU, even posting photos as evidence of the event.
THE ROMANIAN STATEMENT
TVR deplores the way in which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) handled the situation created by the votes of the national committees during the semi-finals and the final of the Eurovision 2022 competition, as the votes of the Eurovision 2022 competition were divided in a way that raised suspicions.
While some countries have been punished, committee scores have been replaced by the EBU – through a so-called opaque “algorithm” which in turn raises suspicions – for others no sanctions have been imposed. Worse still, they received additional points, which were directed by the EBU on behalf of the countries that were punished.
The impact of these suspicions on the competition and the reputation of the certified TVs could have been completely eliminated if the EBU had communicated its concerns to the members involved as soon as they were noticed, ie on Wednesday 11 May, after the second semi-final – final for criticism. commission.
If the EBU had notified the players of the scores given by the committees of the six countries the day after the vote and had convincingly explained the existence of “irregular voting”, TVR would have had time to react immediately to investigate the allegations and correct the situation, if any.
In this way, on Thursday, May 12, we could eliminate any suspicion that hovered over the votes cast by the judges in the second semifinal and during the gala, for the public, the finalists could be announced based on the notes. of judges. , not those created by the “algorithm”.
However, this would only be possible if the EBU had treated TVR as a real partner and had taken into account the fact that the Eurovision Regulation is the one that gives full independence to national committees and that televisions can neither learn nor influence ratings given by committees, long after they were sent to the EBU. Thus, TVR did not find out until after the final how the Romanian judges voted in the semifinals.
Unfortunately, because the EBU decided to send us the relevant information only after seven days, all we could do was ask the Romanian jury for a formal explanation, “post-factum”, for the vote in the second semi-final. Even in this context, in which we have already been tried and sanctioned, without being given the opportunity to defend ourselves, TVR will work with all the other TV stations involved to determine whether the reported irregularities were the result of a fraud attempt.
Another point to note is that the EBU has prevention and control mechanisms. When a jury is suspected, it may send observers to oversee the voting process. This happened this year when the EBU decided to send observers to two of the six countries where sanctions were imposed.
The observers concluded that the voting was regular and did not report any misconduct or attempted fraud. This is one of the reasons why at the beginning of the final vote for the public, the EBU representative announced that all the votes of the committees were valid.
In the case of these countries, the organizers did not mention “irregular voting patterns”. In addition, they were given the most points awarded, by “algorithm”, by the countries that imposed sanctions on each other for voting. Of the six countries accused of having a burdensome deal to reach the final, only three made it. Of the three countries that received points with an “algorithm” from the sanctioned countries, they managed to advance to the finals.
The EBU’s incomprehensible attitude towards TVR, a traditional member of this organization, which deserves to be treated with respect, is also underscored by the fact that the Eurovision organizers chose to lie during the broadcast of the final results of the competition. When it was Romania’s turn to announce the result of the jury vote, the organizers invoked a non-existent technical problem to present the score obtained by the “algorithm”.
We repeat what we said in our first statement: there was no technical problem! Eda Marcus was ready to go live and the connection worked perfectly. The only reason we were not allowed to announce the vote of the Romanian jury, which had awarded 12 points to Moldova, was that we refused to accept the rating imposed by the EBU.
Following the situation created and the destruction of the image on public television, TVR representatives are considering Romania’s withdrawal from future editions of Eurovision and appealing to the court of the organizers of the competition.
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