Latvia refuses to attend Eurovision 2009

Latvia refuses to attend Eurovision 2009
# 18 December 2008 08:12 (UTC +04:00)
Riga –APA. Latvian Television management refused to attend Eurovision Song Contest in May, 2009 in Moscow. The television’s director general Edgar Kotz said they decided not to attend the contest because of financial problems, APA reports quoting the Latvian newspapers. The TV channel will close its correspondent bureaus in Moscow and Brussels and will abandon TV series production to economize its financial resources.

The Latvian Television cut its budget by 4.8 million dollars for the next year. It needs to transfer 200 thousands dollars to the European Broadcasting Union to get license for participation at the Eurovision Song Contest. The side not getting the license loses its right to attend and to broadcast the contest.
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