Public Service Media, the national broadcaster of the Maldives is interested in participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
Public Service Media (PSM), has revealed to Eurovoix World that they are interesting in participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. PSM is one of a growing number of broadcasters across the Asia-Pacific region to show an interest in the Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest. To date eleven countries have voiced their interest in participating in the contest.
PSM has been broadcasting in the Maldives since 1979 and is one of two television broadcasters in the country. Both PSM and VTV have shown an interest in Song Contest related content in recent years, with both broadcasters having taken part in the ABU TV Song Festival. VTV took Maldives to their debut appearance in the festival in 2014, while PSM has participated annually since 2015.
Public Service Media has also shown the ability to stage a televised selection process, should they decide to take part in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. Since 2016, PSM has produced and broadcast Maldivian Idol, the first internationally franchised television program produced in the Maldives.
The Eurovision Asia Song Contest which was announced in March 2016 is expected to see around 20 countries compete in the Asian spin-off of the 61-year-old Eurovision Song Contest which is held annually in Europe. The contest would be the first time that a Eurovision spin-off has been successfully held outside of Europe. Previously the European Broadcasting Union has sold the rights to the contest in Asia, the Arab World and is looking at a US contest.
The three cities that have expressed a serious interest in hosting are:
- Hong Kong
- Sydney, Australia
The following countries have also either confirmed their participation or shown an interest in participating:
- Australia (Confirmed)
- China (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Japan (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Maldives (Interest in participating)
- New Zealand (Interest in participating)
- Papua New Guinea (Interest in participating)
- Solomon Islands (Interest in participating)
- South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Vanuatu (Interest in participating)