The National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) as a member of European Broadcasting Union annually provides for Ukraine’s participation in Junior Eurovision Song Contest. However, this year due to underfunding of UA:PBC, Ukrainian representative cannot take part in the contest. This was reported by the company.
The participation in Junior Eurovision requires considerable expenditures of the TV company on elimination rounds, as well as on EBU subscription fee.
This year, UA:PB for the first time does not have money for all the contest.
It is noted that Ukraine’s budget 2018 provides for UA:PB 29,5 million dollars. This money does not cover the company's current operating expenses until the end of 2018, since this financing is half the amount guaranteed by the Law of Ukraine "On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine". The law states that the budget of UA:PB shall be 0.2% of the expenditures of the general fund of the State Budget of Ukraine for the previous year, that is 58.7 million dollars.
UA:PB is the youngest European Public Broadcaster and according to the European Broadcasting Union - the least funded.
"The critical situation of illegal underfinancing does not leave the company any means not only to pay for the channels’ broadcast, programs production, purchase of rights for world sports events, but also to pay mandatory payments, not to mention the necessary modernization of all regional and all-Ukraine TV and radio channels of the PB, "the press service reported.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is an annual international competition for children under the age of 15, in which one representative from each of the EBU member countries takes part. In November 2018, the contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus. Ukraine has been participating in the competition since 2006, but for the first time in the history of the competition, it is forced to withdraw from participation.
As it was reported earlier, the 16th European Song Contest will be also the second time when Belarus hosts the event; previously, it held the Junior Eurovision in 2010. This year, the EBU decided to charge the rules, announcing the venue of the next year’s event before the final of this year’s Junior Eurovision.