The Thursday Eurovision telegram with news in brief

ALMA RETURNS TO PARIS

ISRAEL’S NEW BROADCASTER APPLIES TO EBU

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest broadcast marked the end of IBA on May 13th. Now there is a new Israeli national broadcaster, called Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) and they applied to the European Broadcasting Union for a full membership which will also allow them to participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. There are concerns about the eligibility of the new broadcaster to become an EBU member as they haven’t solved the issue of news content which the new broadcaster doesn’t want to include in their program although the IPBC already make news focus programs. EBU is also concerned about the government involvement in the broadcaster.

AND SERIOUSLY THEY THINK ABOUT IT

Despite and practically doing nothing after their participation in the X-Factor, Stereo Soul are ready to bid again to ERT for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. With no discography (despite a single release which no one really learned about), no experience and no media attention after the X-Factor show, the two talent show wannabes try to stay in the media spotlight by queueing for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, the only actually project that can actually “save” them. It is anyway too early for ERT to deal with Eurovision, something which surely will take place around December.

THE AS IF.. REPORT OF THE DAY

A total of 92 percent of foreign tourists, who visited Kiev for the Eurovision-2017 Song Contest, hope to return to Ukraine, a recent survey showed Wednesday. The survey, carried out by the GfK Ukraine research center at the request of the Institute of World Policy, found that Ukraine has met the hopes of 51 percent of Eurovision fans and beaten the expectations of 47 percent of others. Among the main advantages of Ukraine, those surveyed listed Ukrainian people, entertainment infrastructure and culture. In the same time, transport, public infrastructure and the low number of English-speakers were named as major negative aspects of Ukraine. The survey was carried out between May 9 and May 13 in central Kiev among 1,060 foreigners, who said they came to Ukraine to attend the Eurovision.

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