Earlier this year we reported news that the Monégasque government set aside €100,000 to “initiate the application of the Principality to [join] the Eurovision 2023 competition.” And though the budget was approved by the government, Monaco Media Diffusion (MMD) confirmed this week that the country will not take part in the upcoming contest. When MMD made the announcement, no reason was given for why the broadcaster did not want to organize a Eurovision participation.
The original proposal from November of last year called for a cooperation between French commercial broadcaster TF1 and TMC, given that TF1 fully owns the Monégasque public broadcaster. After an agreement was made, either TMC or TF1 would have been required to renew their status as an active member of the EBU – which might have been seen as more work than it was worth. With TF1/TMC out, the only option for Monaco to return rested with MMD. At the current time MMD is the only active EBU broadcaster in Monaco.
Hope remains for a Monaco return
While MMD has declined Eurovision for 2023, work is still progressing to launch a new public broadcaster in Monaco – Monte-Carlo Riviera TV. The broadcaster was initially planned to be operating sometime between the 2022 and 2023 contest, but has now been delayed to sometime “between June and September 2023”. If the channel is operational at that time and interested, they could be responsible for organizing Monaco’s eventual return to the Eurovision Song Contest.
An additional hurdle of funding will also be required for the microstate’s return to the contest in 2024, though the 2022 budget proposal including Eurovision signals potential funding by the Monégasque government. Before their eventual withdrawl from the contest in 2007, Monaco participated 24 times and won the contest once in 19791 with Séverine;s song “Un banc, un arbe, une rue.”