Bosnia and Herzegovina Absent from Eurovision 2024 Due to Debt

Bosnia and Herzegovina will miss the Eurovision Song Contest for the eighth year due to a 6 million Swiss franc debt to the European Broadcasting Union. The country's public broadcaster, BHRT, hopes to resolve the debt and return to the contest in the future.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Absent from Eurovision 2024 Due to Debt

Bosnia and Herzegovina Absent from Eurovision 2024 Due to Debt

Bosnia and Herzegovina remains absent from the Eurovision Song Contest for the eighth consecutive year in 2024 due to an outstanding debt of 6 million Swiss francs owed by the country's public broadcaster, BHRT, to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Despite being an active EBU member, BHRT has not participated in the contest since 2016 because of financial difficulties.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 is currently taking place in Malmö, Sweden, hosted by the country's national broadcaster, Sveriges Television (SVT). The contest features 37 participating countries this year, with Luxembourg making a notable return after a 31-year hiatus. However, Romania, which took part in the 2023 edition, withdrew from the 2024 contest, also citing financial reasons.

Prior to the EBU's announcement of the 2024 participants list, Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed their non-participation, along with several other countries such as Andorra, Monaco, and Slovakia. BHRT remains committed to resolving the debt issue and hopes to return to the contest in the future once the financial situation improves.

Bosnia and Herzegovina last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, marking their most recent appearance in the competition. In 2023, BHRT officially confirmed their withdrawal from the contest due to ongoing financial difficulties. As the 2024 contest unfolds in Malmö without Bosnia and Herzegovina's presence, fans and supporters of the country's entries hope for a resolution to the debt issue, paving the way for a triumphant return to the Eurovision stage in the coming years.

Key Takeaways

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina absent from Eurovision 2024 due to 6 million CHF debt to EBU.
  • BHRT, the country's public broadcaster, hasn't participated since 2016 due to financial difficulties.
  • 37 countries are participating in Eurovision 2024, with Luxembourg returning after 31 years.
  • Romania withdrew from 2024 contest due to financial reasons.
  • BHRT hopes to resolve debt issue and return to Eurovision in the future.