Khabar Agency will be broadcast all three shows of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live to viewers across Kazakhstan.
Khabar will for a seventh year broadcaster the Eurovision Song Contest live to viewers across Kazakhstan. The Kazakh national broadcaster confirmed their broadcasting on the contest with the launch of a mini-site dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest. Khabar has been an associate member of the European Broadcasting Agency since January 2016.
To date Kazakhstan and China are the only two non-competing countries to confirm that they will be broadcasting the contest. UKTV in New Zealand announced that after three years they will not broadcast the contest.
Since 2000 a total of 13 countries have broadcast the contest despite not competing in the contest. At the 2016 contest the United States joined Kosovo, Kazakhstan and New Zealand in broadcasting the contest live to their audience. The contest however failed to live up to expectations in the time slot that it was broadcast with just 52,000 viewers watching the contest live.
Broadcasters who have shown the contest in previous years include:
- Canada – OUTtv (2014 to 2015)
- China – Hunan Television (2015 to date)
- Faroe Islands – KVP (Live broadcast in 2011 & 2014)
- Greenland – KNR (Delayed broadcast in 2011)
- Kazakhstan – Khabar Agency (2010 to date)
- Kosovo – RTK
- Kyrgyzstan – KRTK (2012)
- New Zealand – UKTV (2014 to 2016)
- United States – LogoTV (2016)
A total of 42 countries are competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Returning to the Eurovision stage are Portugal and Romania who both took a year out from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina and Russia have however withdrawn from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina has withdrawn due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT. While Russia has withdrawn following Julia Samoilova being banned by Ukrainian Authorities from entering Ukraine. The 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being held on the following dates:
- Semi Final 1 – 9 May
- Semi Final 2 – 11 May
- Final – 13 May