Germany annoyed by anniversary show; Italy not airing it
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
BERLIN, GERMANY – Just after the Jubilee concert (to be recorded on March 31st) was officially announced, German broadcaster NDR declared that a decision has not been reached as far as the broadcasting of the event is concerned. From a German point of view, the BBC concept is even defined as “decayed and unaware of what modern Eurovision Song Contest is”.
It seems that when it comes to involving the BIG 5 for extra Eurovision shows, the EBU isn’t that successful. Back in 2005, two Europe’s main broadcasters (BBC and FranceTélévisions) refused to put the “Congratulations” show on their TV schedules. Back then, producer Søren Therkelsen even declared “I am disappointed and do not understand their present decisions. I am absolutely sure that there will be even more than a potential audience to this show in both countries. So let’s see if not the EBU can convince at least one of them to participate”. Indeed, when some BIG 5 members do not take part to a Eurovision event, that’s a big loss in audience.
It is the same problem with Junior Eurovision, Eurovision Young Dancers or Musicians… or even the broadcasting of Eurovision semi-finals (which are broadcast on minor TV channels in those countries).
Nevertheless, even if Germany and Italy may not broadcast “Eurovision Greatest Hits”, we were all pleased to see that France, the UK and Spain are among the 22 broadcasters who have shown interest in the Jubilee concert.
in the very end it’s just Eurovision…