With 9 months still to go for the next edition of Eurovision Song Contest, many countries confirm day by day their participation in Eurovision 2024. Meanwhile, there are also countries confirming that they do not plan a return such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia, claiming the lack of recourses.
Two months ago, Slovakia announced that there are no plans to return, although the latest news indicate that the country can possibly return in the near future.
According to the PR and Communication Director of RTVS, Zuzana Vicelova, the National Broadcaster of Slovakia is thinking of returning to Eurovision in 2025.
This decision seems to be coming from the General Director of RTVS, Ľuboš Macha, who took the reins of the Slovakian broadcaster in July 2022.
A new way of funding for RTVS
The impediment to a Slovakian participation for the past decade has been the lack of funding and recourses that RTVS was facing. Although, an alteration in legislation regarding the funding of RTVS from public sources, the elimination of TV license fees and a generous government subsidy will sure relieve the Slovakian Television. As a result, RTVS will see an increase of 46 million euros in its budget, that will definitely not be able to cover all its needs but an important boost will be given.
Slovakia last participated in Eurovision back in 2012 with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and since the introduction of the Semi-Finals has never managed to qualify to the Grand Final.
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