The ABU will make a call for participating broadcasters in the ABU TV Song Festival 2019 in mid-March.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has confirmed that it will make a formal call for ABU TV Song Festival 2019 participants in mid-March. The ABU will formally invite member broadcasters to submit their application to take part in the show which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
NHK is the host broadcaster for the 8th edition of the ABU TV Song Festival. The event which was first held in 2012, is travelling to Japan for the first time, with Tokyo set to be its backdrop. The festival will be held as part of the ABU General Assembly, with the show to take place on November 19. Up to 15 countries are expected to be able to take part in this years ABU TV Song Festival.
The 2018 ABU TV Song Festival was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The show was hosted by Television, Radio and Cinematography Turkmenistan (TVTM), with assistance from the South Korean broadcaster, KBS. The countries that were selected to take part in the festival “reflect geographical balance and the cultural diversity of the Asia-Pacific region.” The nations that took to the stage in Turkmenistan were:
- Benin (African Union of Broadcasting)
- Hong Kong
- Russia (Represented by Turkmen singer, no broadcaster present)
- South Korea
- Uzbekistan – Debut