Jedward’s Eurovision bill was over £200,000 for Irish TV channel RTE – worth it?!
JEDWARD COST IRISH TV STATION A SMALL FORTUNE!
Irish TV channel RTE is facing questions over how much they spent on Eurovision and Jedward this year.
The channel is in serious financial trouble at the moment, they currently owe 57 million euros to various companies. Despite this they spent 254,000 euros sending Jedward to Eurovision, this is 34k more than their previous attempt with ‘Lipstick.’
The twins took a support team of 17 people out to Baku with them.
RTE figures released to the Irish Daily Mirror showed €14,477 was spent on food and drink for the two-week stay and the bill for 19 residents of Baku’s Hyatt Regency was €61,739.
Its deficit this year is an estimated €57million (£45.6million) and it wants to shed 200 jobs by the autumn.
Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris said the expenses paid by RTE to send the twins to Baku were “inexcusable”.
He added: “In these recessionary times RTE need to be more prudent with taxpayers’ money. People in RTE are already taking a hit as it is.”
Asked about the €60,000 hotel bill, he said: “That’s more than most people’s yearly wage. Do they really need 19 people to go?” An RTE spokeswoman defended the spend – which equates to £200,000.
She said: “There is always a great demand for Eurovision from the Irish public. It was definitely value for money.
“We sent a bare minimum to cover all bases.”
The Waterline singers and their crew did make do with economy class seating on their way to Azerbaijan.
The flights, however, cost more than expected as there was no direct connection from Dublin to Baku – so air travel costs came to €15,797.
At least €70,000 was also given to the European Broadcasting Union just for taking part in the competition.
RTE splashed out a further €31,442 on production costs for the performance, some of which went on promotional material including CD presentation and promotional “Jedheads”.
The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed more than €60,000 was put into the Song for Ireland competition which the twins won for the second year running.
Montrose bosses put the rise down to extra nights the team had to spend in Azerbaijan as Jedward were placed in the first semi-final.
Do you think Jedward were worth it?!