Australia are taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the third year running – but it’ll be broadcast on ABC ME and not SBS this year.
ABC ME is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Children and Family channel – reaching on average 1.7 million people a week and will show the show on Monday 27th November at the local time of 19:30. Grace Koh, the popular ABC host, will be joined by Pip Rasmussen and Tim Mathews for the broadcast.
ABC are been allowed to broadcast the event after discussions with both SBS and the European Broadcasting Union. SBS will continue to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest every May – participation of which is still been done on an invitational basis each year.
David Anderson, ABC Director of Television, said: “We are delighted to be with be working with SBS, the European Broadcasting Union and production partner Blink TV on such an incredible event. By utilising all of ABC ME’s internal productions (News to Me, BTN, Spawn Point) and online and social platforms, the channel is able to maximise the reach of the extraordinary contest, while introducing our audience to incredible performers and cultures from across Europe, as well as encouraging them to get behind our Australian contestant.”
Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content, said: “The Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been growing its following among passionate Eurovision fans since SBS first broadcast the event in 2014. This is now a great opportunity to reach a youth and children’s audience not available on SBS, to encourage more young Australians to get behind our performer, embrace the fun of the contest, and the spirit of unity and learning about different cultures which Junior Eurovision inspires.”
Paul Clarke, Australia’s Head of Delegation at Eurovision and Director of Blink TV, said: “Eurovision and Junior Eurovision always showcase our Australian singers and songwriters in the most impactful way, and to a huge European audience. This is a very exciting new step in our Eurovision story and we welcome ABC ME and their viewers! We really look forward to working with ABC ME.”
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: European Broadcasting Union