TVNZ the national broadcaster in New Zealand has confirmed that it is looking at participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
A spokesperson for Television New Zealand confirmed to Stuff that the broadcaster was looking at participating in the Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest. They added that discussions were in their early days and that no details had been finalised between TVNZ and the organisers of the competition.
TVNZ has become the first broadcaster after Australia’s SBS to publicly confirm an interest in participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. New Zealand has shown an interest in the Eurovision Song Contest, which the Eurovision Asia Song Contest will be based upon.
After three years of broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest, UKTV dropped the contest from their schedule this year. UKTV in previous years had been cutting back on the scale of its broadcast in both 2014 and 2015, the channel broadcast both semi finals and the final live and then on repeat in the evening. However in 2016 the channel cut back its coverage to just a live and repeat broadcast of the final.
The 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 EBU has sold the rights to the contest in Asia, the Arab World and is looking at a US contest.
he 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)
- New Zealand (Interest in participating)
- South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)