The ABU TV Song Contest is moving ever closer to formally being launched according to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union is set to discuss the ABU TV Song Contest at the union’s General Assembly next month in Asghabat, Turkmenistan. According to the schedule for the 55th General Assembley of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union the “Launching of the ABU TV Song Contest” will be discussed at the opening days of talks. No more details regarding the discussion have been released.
In June of 2018 the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union sent a delegation to Qingdao, China 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 Chinese 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 contest which has been in discussions under a number of different working titles including 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.