It has been announced by SBS, the Australian national broadcaster who competes at the Eurovision Song Contest, that the Eurovision Asia Song Contest will no longer be taking place. SBS acquired the rights back in 2017, in hope of launching an asian version of the Contest.
Josh Martin, the Australian Head of Delegation, had the following to say:
“I think it’s fair to say we’ve rescinded our rights. We spent a number of years trying to figure out how to do it and then the global pandemic came along.It’s very different to the way Eurovision started post-World War Two, as a means of bringing people together. There was a real purpose in establishing it. Eurovision Asia is difficult for a number of reasons: time zones, language barriers, all sorts of issues. We tried so hard but that was one that we just could never quite pin down. It’s kind of like any TV show. You put a lot of things into development, and not all of them get up. So that was one that we could not, for whatever reason, make work.”
Author: Richard Taylor