As we all remember, TVP decided to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. The reasoning for that was mostly the fact that TVP is the co-host broadcaster of EURO 2012, organised together with Ukraine, what requires a major financial contribution, leaving no possibility to pay the participant fee for Eurovision Song Contest. However, in its letter to the Polish National Broadcasting Council (Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji, KRRiT), the reasoning is quite different:
Poor results of the Polish singers, as well as the fact that the Polish music market opened for world-famous stars, led to a decrease of interest in Eurovision Song Contest among the Polish public. As a result, the profitability and importance of the event dropped below the standards accepted at the Polish Television. Hence the decision of withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest.
Surprisingly enough, nowhere in the letter one can read about financial reasons, maybe because TVP does not want to reveal for its governing body that it has problems with handling an extra job, EURO 2012. We find however that:
…the public is less and less interested in song contests. So are the Polish artists. It can mean that this kind of events is in a crisis. Finding new and attractive forms of entertainment is a challenge for national broadcasters, including TVP.
The letter was a response to an inquiry from National Broadcasting Council about the withdrawal from Eurovision in Baku. It seems that TVP is using one argument at the national level and completely different at the European level. Does EBU know that Eurovision Song Contest is below TVP standards?