If Scotland becomes an independent country, its broadcaster SBS will seek to join EBU and also participate Eurovision Song Contest in the future. This was stated in a report regarding the future of possibly independent Scotland. It was released today by Scotland’s government.
The 670-page ‘white paper’ gives answers to many questions, including the future of the Scottish Broadcasting Service:
The SBS would seek membership of the EBU and would be an active and constructive partner in the organisation. As part of this participation, we would envisage the SBS engaging with some of the EBU competitions, including Scottish entries in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Therefore, it is possible that in the future Scotland will send its own entry to Eurovision Song Contest.
The government will hold a referendum in September 2014. All eligible voters can then answer the simple question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’. The choices are ‘yes’ and ‘no’. If everything goes as the government plans, Scotland could become independent already in 2016. SBS would start broadcasting in early 2017 as the Scottish public service broadcaster. However, a constitutional settlement would first need to be agreed with the UK government which could take a long time.