The news means that Bosnia & Herzegovina will now not have participated in the contest since 2012. BHRT said that the decision was taken due to the financial pressures faced by the broadcaster and the failure to find any commercial sponsor for participation in next years competition. The deadline to withdraw from the contest without financial penalties is October 10.
The broadcaster has however said they will continue to look to get financial sponsorship for participation until the end of the month. BHRT would then have to submit their completed paperwork but without facing the issue of a fine which would have occurred if they withdrew their application after October 10.