Heavy criticism from San Marino TV to Dutch Eurovision organisation

Bad management and unable to form a sense of getting together and instead provokes nationalism. That’s the way General Director of San Marino TV describes this year’s Dutch organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest.

It might be a small broadcaster, San Marino TV, but their General Director Carlo Romeo is never afraid to speak his mind. Right after EBU cancelled the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he went out speaking against the decision that had been taken. He was absolutely not satisfied.

A short while ago, San Marino TV released a press release with a short message in which he speaks against the Dutch management of the Eurovision Song Contest. We have decided to bring this message unedited – in both the Italian and English version we received.


“Very, very bad page, this year, is the Dutch management of the ESC 2020. Confusion, lack of coordination, leaks, improbable negotiations with the onsite hotels, and so on. But most of all I see an European vision which is not able to give sense to the word ‘WE’ rather than a sum of many ‘Is’ during this extraordinary emergency. We risk many nationalisms, alternatively. It is not by chance that as soon the ESC 2020 programme will end, on Saturday 16th evening, San Marino RTV will broadcast – all over Europe through its satellite channel – the original and integral version of the historical speech made by the French President Francois Mitterand to the European parliament in January 1995”.

Carlo Romeo General Director | San Marino RTV


“Brutta, bruttissima pagina la gestione olandese di Esc 2020. Confusione, scoordinamento, fughe di notizie importanti, trattative improbabili con gli alberghi eccetera. Ma soprattutto una visione europea nel corso di una
emergenza straordinaria che non è riuscita a dare il senso del “noi” ma piuttosto una somma di tanti “io” con il rischio di beceri nazionalismi di ritorno. Non a caso, appena si chiuderà il programma Esc 2020, la sera del 16 maggio, San Marino Rtv manderà in onda in tutto il continente europeo, in versione integrale e in originale, lo storico discorso sull’Europa tenuto da Franços Mitterand nel gennaio 1995 al Parlamento Europeo”

Carlo Romeo Direttore Generale | San Marino RTV

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