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Bulgaria: BNT’s new Eurovision policies to be announced “after August 23rd”

Earlier today, the 16 countries that will take part in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were revealed. In a shock to many, Bulgaria’s name was not on that list. As we published in our feature article about Bulgaria’s Junior Eurovision journey earlier today, Bulgaria is one of Eurovision’s most successful countries in recent years. Therefore, why exactly have BNT withdrawn?

New director general to be elected on August 23rd

This afternoon, BNT published a statement on Twitter in regards to the situation at their broadcaster. As we previously reported, the Bulgarian broadcaster is in the process of electing a new director general and board. Now, it has been confirmed that this process will come to an end on August 23rd.

BNT’s new Eurovision policies to be announced afterwards

Once this new board is in place, BNT says they will then announce the broadcaster’s new Eurovision policies. We hope there will be a positive outcome considering Bulgaria’s immense success and popularity in the Eurovision world in recent years. However, only time will tell if the new BNT board are as Eurovision-friendly as the previous board were.

Do you think the new board will be pro-Eurovision? How big would a loss of Bulgaria be if they withdrew from the main contest as well as the junior contest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and via our social media pages @ESCXTRA!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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