Category Archives: EUROVISION

ALAIN CLARK September 02

Alain Clark confirms interest and sounding talks

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Popular Dutch musician and producer Alain Clark has said he is interested in taking part in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna but has denied rumours he has been contacted by broadcaster AvroTros. According to the Dutch press, AvroTros is courting Clark to represent the country and negotiations between the […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 30

Caution: fake tickets for Eurovision 2015 spotted

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – It took a little bit of time to start, but now preparations for Eurovision 2015 are going full swing. We have a host city (the Austrian capital city), a venue (the nice Wiener Stadthalle) and the slogan and theme should be unveiled soon. Today, more information was given about tickets. Since some […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 27

Romania’s participation in Vienna in jeopardy

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – Money, money, money. It seems that it is the biggest problem of every national broadcaster in Europe. TVR’s participation in Vienna is in serious doubt. In an interview with mediafax.ro, Mr. Tanase, president of TVR, has revealed that due to the economic crisis, the television might have to go down for a […]

PHOTO: FRANCE2.FR August 27

France 2015: Sign of new approach?

PARIS, FRANCE – The 60th Eurovision Song Contest might be given a new approach this year by French broadcaster, FranceTélévisions. Indeed, since 1999, the contest has been broadcast on France 3 but it was announced earlier today that in 2015, France 2 (a rather more important channel) will take over the job. That could mean […]

STUDENTS CRUISE IN TURKEY August 25

Official: Turkey not returning to Eurovision

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Although there were last week rumours about Turkey’s return in the Eurovision Song Contest – since TRT aired a bulletin claiming that by September there will be final decision – TRT confirmed today what oikotimes.com posted on May 14 – read it here. Tonight, one more confirmation of what we posted comes […]

PHOTO: WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN August 20

CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen resigns

POLITIKEN / DR.DK REPORT – Following heavy criticism of the tourism organisation Wonderful Copenhagen, particularly after the Eurovision Song Contest in May brought losses to the city of DKK 58 million (€7.78 million), the body’s chief executive Mikkel Metz Mørch is to resign. The event cost around DKK 112 million to stage – three times […]

EUROVISION LIVE CONCERT 2014 August 20

Eurovision Live Concert 2014 underway

SETUBAL, PORTUGAL – Portugal, the country that participated more times at the Eurovision Song Contest without winning will welcome for the 6th time in a row one more edition of Eurovision Live Concert. The concert will take place in Setubal, next September 12th and 13th. Setubal is a nice city on the blue coast, 40 […]

ALAIN CLARK August 19

Have The Netherlands reached a decision already?

HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS – Lots of Dutch media report as of this morning the name of Alain Clark as the one to represent the country in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The Dutch media interest is extremely high after the amazing 2nd place the country achieved last May in Copenhagen. The rumours now claim that […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 14

Russia 2015: “The Voice” winner to Vienna

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – After Montenegro and Belarus confirming their participation, Russia is the next national broadcaster confirming participation to Vienna. Channel One officially stopped the rumours about withdrawing from the contest after Conchita and the reactions in the parliament and the government. The broadcaster also confirmed that the winner of “The Voice Russia” will represent […]

CLIFF RICHARDS August 14

Sir Cliff Richard under investigation over sex claim

SOUTH YORKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM – Sir Cliff Richard’s Berkshire home is being searched by police investigating allegations of historic sexual abuse. Officers from South Yorkshire Police issued a statement confirming that a property in the Sunningdale area of Berkshire was being searched. The investigation is not believed to be connected with Operation Yewtree, the inquiry […]

PHOTO: VICTOR CRUZ LAFUENTE / OIKOTIMES.COM August 12

Georgian jury fraud didn’t lead to disqualification

TBILISI, GEORGIA – The problem with the 2014 Eurovision tele voting from Georgia was a big issue amongst the EBU team. The jury voting results skipped during the final as DIGAME got strong indications that there was manipulation of the voting. This could have led to 3 years disqualification of Georgia in the Eurovision Song […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 06

Eurovision 2015: it’s Vienna & Wiener Stadthalle

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The choice was approved by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU/EUROVISION) and the Reference Group, the contest’s governing body on behalf of the participating public broadcasters. HOST CITY “Vienna is the city of music and arts in the heart of Europe. Together we will do everything to assure a successful 60th Eurovision Song […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 05

Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck? We’ll know by August 14

In the next few days the host city and venue will be decided for the ESC 2015. The decision is turning for ORF-General Director Alexander Wrabetz into a dance on a vulcano. 14th August seem to be the deadline with SPO and the Green party wanting to go to Vienna with OVP is in favour […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 01

Gallery: Eurovision logo gets a 10 year make over

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – As the Eurovision Song Contest is heading for its 60th anniversary in 2015, the EBU is presenting a revamped version of the logo. The evolution comes 10 years after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) launched a generic logo for the competition, back in 2004. “We conducted extensive research amongst the participating broadcasters, […]

EUROVISION 2013 GENERIC 16 August 01

Spectrum debate threatens World Cup and Eurovision Song Contest

DTG.CO.UK REPORTS – In an exclusive interview with EurActiv, Simon Fell, Director of Technology and Innovation for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said that the change in radio frequencies for mobile operators could hit major spectacles like the Eurovision Song Contest and the World Cup. As part of Pascal Lamy’s high level group on the […]

AUSTRIA ORF July 23

Eurovision 2015: dates confirmed, host city soon

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – ORF’s Alexander Wrabetz revealed that the final dates for Eurovision 2015 have officially changed and therefore the first semifinal will take place on 19th of May 2015, the second semifinal on 21st of May 2015 and therefore the grand final is now set for May 23rd, 2015. In the meantime ORF announced […]

EUROVISION EBU EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION July 10

EBU changes deadline to October

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The European Broadcasting Union sent a letter to all broadcasters to announce a significant change in the deadlines of participation. Unlike previous years the national broadcaster should give final confirmation on their participation in mid October instead of mid December as it happened in the past. The EBU and ORF think that […]

EUROVISION 2015 GENERIC LOGO July 05

ORF estimates costs in 25 million Euros

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – ORF has stipulated that the ESC may cost 25 million euro, with a margin of 10 million for unexpected costs. Exact calculations are not possible for the simple fact that the venue has not been chosen yet. The budget doesn’t calculate the income and one has to keep in mind that the […]

ANTONELLO CAROZZA July 03

Has San Marino found the 2015 entrant?

CITY OF SAN MARINO, SAN MARINO – While SMRRTV is struggling to find a sponsor for the 2014 participation in Junior Eurovision Song Contest which the broadcaster wants very much, it seems that the broadcaster has reached a decision regarding the 2015 #Eurovision participant. No, it’s not Valentina Monetta as originally oikotimes.com first published few […]