Belteleradio company (BTRK) has been excluded from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Starting from July 1, Belarus loses the access to a number of EBU services; specifically, it cannot participate in Eurovision.
According to Euroradio.fm, the decision was made at the session of the EBU Executive Board on June 30. Thus, Belarus lost the right to:
- exchange news and music content;
- broadcast certain music and sport events;
- receive legal, technical and research expertise;
- enjoy legal protection services.
In response, the Belarusian company released a statement, claiming that it "welcomed the long anticipated fact of suspended cooperation with the EBU".
It's the first time that a country is restricted from participation in Eurovision through exclusion from the EBU. BTRK's exclusion is not a surprise, though.
Previously, we reported that next year, Belarus will not participate in the Eurovision song contest in 2022; the reason for such a decision was that Belteleradio company refused to broadcast Eurovision 2021 from Rotterdam. The Belarusian broadcaster stated that it made the respective decision after their participants were not allowed to qualify.
During the national selection, Belteleradio company chose the band called Galasy ZMesta, which participated in rallies to support president Aleksandr Lukashenko. In their songs, the band stands against Belarusian opposition and protest actions in the country. The EBU considered their entry too political and asked Belarus to amend its application. However, the second try to present the contest entry from Belarus failed, too.