The national broadcaster of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BHRT, will aim to submit preliminary forms for the country’s return the the Eurovision Song Contest soon, despite financial difficulties affecting the channel in recent years, according to our colleagues at escbubble. A media source in Bosnia and Herzegovina has reported that the broadcaster sees Bosnian participation in the contest as a priority for the country, although the budgeting issues BHRT is currently suffering may once again hinder the project.
The EBU had previously warned that the broadcaster was ‘close to collapse’ following stringent budget cuts and continued difficulties endured by BHRT, effectively appearing to rule the Balkan nation out once more, but the latest news shows signs of encouragement.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have been absent from the contest for three years so far, last taking part with MayaSar’s “Korake ti znam” in 2012. Only Andorra, Luxembourg, Monaco and Morocco have been absent for longer, with Slovakia also withdrawing after 2013 and Turkey joining Ukraine as a returnee for the contest next May.