The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has confirmed that the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest is still under discussions, with no confirmed broadcast date.

The ABU has confirmed that no date has yet been fixed for when the first edition of the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest will take place. According to the latest issue of ABU News, the quarterly publication produced by the ABU, discussions are still underway regarding the format of the contest. The ABU programming committee is currently working on a number of new events including the ABU International Dance Festival as well as the ABU Drama Festival.

The ABU has yet to officially confirm the host city, the date of the contest or the host broadcaster. It is expected that the host broadcaster will be Hunan Television. The broadcaster proposed the song contest under its initial the “ABU Cup TV Song Contest” in 2015. Hunan Television has previous experience in working with and broadcasting international song contests. Since 2015 the broadcaster has shown the Eurovision Song Contest live to Chinese audiences, sending a commentary team and delegation to the contest. Furthermore Sichuan Television this year debuted in the ABU TV Song Festival in Bali, and may co-operate with the organisation of such a contest.

The ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest is the first competitive international song contest to be organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union since 1991. The ABU for three years held the ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in Malaysia. Over those three years over 20 countries participated in the contest including the likes of Nepal, Jordan, Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Eligible competing countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Source: ABU