The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has revealed that it is planning to hold the first edition of the ABU TV Song Contest in China.
The ABU has revealed that it is in discussions with the Chinese Government and its national broadcaster regarding the hosting of the first edition of the ABU TV Song Contest. The competition which has evolved from its initial names of the ABU Cup TV Song Contest and the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest, is progressing forward with the competition now having a host city and country.
Qingdao, China is set to host the first edition of the competition which has the backing of the Chinese Government through “The State
Administration of Radio and Television of the People’s
Republic of China”. The Government is set to ask national broadcaster CCTV to support with the first edition of the competition. Mr. Sun Yusheng, Vice President of CCTV China and Executive Vice President of CGTN-China and stated that the competition has his backing.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union sent a delegation to Qingdao in late June to discuss the competition. The delegation formed of Dr Javad Mottaghi, the ABU Secretary-General, Mr Koichi Okumura, Director of Programming, and Mr Cai Yanjiang, Director of ABU Sports met with local officials to discuss the contest. At the meeting between the Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television, Press and Publication and the ABU, it was agreed that preparations for the competition could continue forwards.
The ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest was previously being developed by Hunan Television. Hunan Television is a Chinese broadcaster that in recent years has broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest live to audiences in the country via its online platform. The contest was also discussed at the 2015 ABU General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. The event was set to be held for the first time in 2017, following an agreement by the ABU to hold the contest on a one year trial basis.
Source: ABU News