UKRAINE – Following the morning resignation from NTU’s Director General position, Mr Zurab Alasania spoke to local press explaining more about his resignation. He speaks about a lot of restrictions from the government over his work as Director General, accusing the government that it doesn’t understand how things work and they always demand to approve things.
Mr Alasania explains that Eurovision 2017 budget was included within the NTU annual budget leaving the broadcaster with only 7 million Euros to proceed with the rest of its spendings. NTU cannot hire people to outsource projects regarding the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and there are bug delays in ticket sales something that can really damage the Eurovision 2017 planning.
He said: Eurovision is just one of the problems. The problems were always there between the NTU and authorities, and always were solved with a great difficulty. But Eurovision has aggravated these problems. How can we work on the Eurovision preparations without people? 90% of the works have to be done by the people outside of the NTU, these tasks have to be outsourced. And we can not hire for them. I’m not even talking about the level of wages of foreigners, expats, who among others should be engaged in the production of the show and whom we need to invite to the work. Their wages at times are much much higher! But we can not spend budget money on it. We have a lot of such problems. We can not even buy anything – we are not allowed and that’s it.
Mr Alasania doesn’t have any indication who’s gonna replace him and he actually doesn’t give a damn, despite serving the broadcaster since early 2014. After all the new Director General needs to be appointed by State Committee and then approved by the cabinet. Ending his interview he pledges for government to change things and allow direct contact with the broadcaster, flexibility and compromise and skip the bad attitude.