Solomon Islands: SIBC Interested in Eurovision Asia

The national broadcaster of the Solomon Islands, SIBC has expressed an interest in participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.

Eurovoix World can reveal that the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation is interested in participating in the Eurovision Asia Song Contest. SIBC which has been operating since 1976 has expressed an interest in finding out more about the format of the competition and possible participation in the competition.

SIBC which currently only broadcasts via radio is in the process of launching television service across the Solomon Islands. The national broadcaster is currently working with a New Zealand based company to restore the broadcasters television network, with the aim of having 50% of the country’s population covered within the first five years.

The Solomon Islands are formed of over 900 islands of which around half are inhabited. The country gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1978 and is home to 642,000 people making it the 162nd most populous country in the world.

There are currently no television broadcasters based in the Solomon Islands which broadcast domestic content. With only Telekom Television providing limited free to air broadcasting of BBC, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera and a number of sporting events internationally.

The Solomon Islands are one of a number of countries in Oceania that do not currently have a domestic television broadcaster. Other countries include Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu.

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 EBU has sold the rights to the contest in Asiathe Arab World and is looking at a US contest.

he three cities that have expressed a serious interest in hosting are:

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • 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)
  • Solomon Islands (Interest in participating)
  • South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)

Source: SIBC

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