Israel Liable Not to Participate in Upcoming Eurovision Song Contest

Between dismantling the broadcasting authority and the high cost of funding a delegation, Israel will probably take a pass this year.

Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich
Israel's Izabo performing during the 1st semifinal 2012 Eurovision Song Contest at the Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Israel's Izabo performing during the 1st semifinal 2012 Eurovision Song Contest at the Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.Credit: AP
Gili Izikovich
Gili Izikovich

Israel is liable to miss the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest because of the high cost of funding a delegation.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority is in the process of being dismantled, to be replaced by a new public broadcasting company, and it will be hard pressed to be able to afford participating in the contest. Yona Wisenthal, the IBA's interim director, has until October 10 – the European Broadcasting Union's deadline – to make a final decision.

Israel has a long tradition of participating in the contest, including the pre-Eurovision competition, even after the competition's appeal lost its sheen. It continued to attract a loyal following. If Israel participates, the editors of 88fm, a classic rock radio station, would get to choose the song to represent Israel.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority commented that it has yet to take a final decision on the matter.

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