Today: Song Contest Discussions Underway in Bali

Today both the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest and “Eurovision Asia” will be pitching themselves to delegates at the ABU General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia.

The ABU General Assembly is underway in Bali, Indonesia and today two upcoming Song Contests will be pitching themselves to delegates. Both events will be given 5 minutes each to showcase themselves to prospective competing broadcasters. 600 delegates are expected to attend the event from over 200 different organisations.

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union backed, ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest will be presented to delegates on the Programming Committee, it was confirmed yesterday that China will host the first contest in 2017. The contest is 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. The contest was also discussed at the 2015 ABU General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Eurovision Song Contest in Asia’s presentation will be made by Ms Helen Kellie, the Chief Content Officer at SBS in Australia. The establishment of a Eurovision Song Contest for Asia was announced in March of 2016, with the contest planned to be held in 2017 in Australia. The organisers have been working on the creation of a Reference Group for the contest made up of Japan, South Korea, China and India. Between 12 and 20 countries will compete in the first contest.

More information regarding both contests is expected to be revealed in the next couple of months.

Source: ABU

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