The EBU wants TRT back into the Eurovision fold, but TRT is reluctant to return - or are they? No one really knows. The reason cited for not participating was due to the results from unfair jury voting, but it would seem the offical explanation given is merely the tip of the iceberg.
Today, the broadcaster TRT, who has decided not to come back to the Eurovision Song Contest, released a statement regarding the next contest. Though EBU's head Jean-Paul Philippot has apologised about what TRT believes to be previous unfair decisions, TRT is not stepping back from their opinion about 2014 participation.
The Turkish participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is still hanging on a threat. Head managers of TRT and EBU's Broadcasting Comitee will hold a meeting in İstanbul discussing the new rules. After that meeting the Turkish broadcaster is expected to make its final decision.
One of the big guns in the Eurovision Song Contest, Turkey, upset many fans by withdrawing from last year's contest. TRT's head manager announced their come back is not likely to happen next year, although it is still a considerable dilemma.
TRT's decision to withdraw from the contest in 2013 was a shock for all Eurovision fans. It is still unknown if they will come back in 2014 or not. Last night, Turkish Eurovision fans started a hashtag on Twitter to convince their national broadcaster to take part at Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Who can deny the power of social media?
Turkish national broadcaster TRT made a shocking decision in November when they withdrew from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. As the contest soon will take place without their country, Turkish fans are however able to enjoy a parody of the San Marino video.
Eurovision fans were confused after TRT had stated that they may consider withdrawal in 2013. Then, everyone calmed down when TRT started to put lots of effort trying to decide which artist should represent Turkey in Malmö. However, today it's been officially announced that, Turkey will not take part in the 2013 edition of Eurovision Song Contest.
Today a special meeting with an advisory board was held by the Turkish broadcaster. Each participant got the chance to tell their opinions and as such different strategies are in play for TRT to select their representative for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
After the confirmation of participating at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Turkish public broadcaster, scheduled its further working strategy. As it is planned to hold a special meeting with an advisory board in early november, the exact date and the names participating at the meeting is determined by the broadcaster.
After TRT's general director, Ibrahim Sahin's statements regarding a possible withdrawal for Turkey in relation to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest they have now confirmed that they will participate after all. The Turkish broadcasting cooperation will start its preparations in early November.