During the EBU Press Conference at the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in Yerevan yesterday, Martin Österdahl answered questions surrounding a number of topics. In regards to participating countries, especially those from Northern Europe, Martin had the following to say:
“This show is being broadcast in Germany, I am confident that they will be back next year. We also have interest from a few other countries that are not in Yerevan, I am not going to spoil the surprise, there are some areas that we think this can develop and grow in. I am having a dialogue with some of the countries in northern Europe, and I am hopeful that they will join eventually.”
In regards to the broadcasting slot of the Contest, Martin had the following to say:
“It is a conversation that we will be having in the future, whether this is the right slot … It is something that we are discussing in the Steering Group, if (Junior Eurovision) is to be considered more a family entertainment show and should move into access prime or even prime time? Also whether it should be Saturday or Sunday, as that is also something that changes in time in different countries, which is the best night for this kind of show?”
Finally in regards to the future of the Contest, Martin had the following to say:
“We’re seeing the contest on first channels in countries, e.g. BBC 1 and Rai 1, taking a step into prime time and major distribution. Following the example of Yerevan, this contest can take further steps and grow even further, with more countries joining and distribution getting wider.”
The full Press Conference can be seen below:
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Author: Richard Taylor
Categories: EBU, Eurovision 2021, Junior Eurovision 2022
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