For the third year running Hunan Television from China are reporting live from the Eurovision Song Contest.
Hunan Television has touched down in Kyiv this years host city and has been out and about today meeting with this years representatives. Among the singer who the Chinese broadcaster has spoken to today is Nathan Trent who is representing Austria with the song “Running On Air”. You can checkout their meeting below:
Hunan Television has held the rights to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in China for a period of three years since 2015. In 2016 the broadcaster sent a team of twelve reporters to Stockholm to bring Chinese viewers all of the news from backstage as well as interviews with the competing artists.
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 to date)
To date Kazakhstan, Greenland, China and the United States are the only non-competing countries to confirm that they will be broadcasting the contest. UKTV in New Zealand announced last month that after three years they will not broadcast the contest. Eurovoix.com has also contacted the Kosovar broadcaster RTK regarding whether they will broadcast this years contest but have not yet received a response.
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 Bosnia & Herzegovina and Russia have however withdrawn from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina has withdrawn due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT. While Russia has withdrawn following Julia Samoilova being banned by Ukrainian Authorities from entering Ukraine.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