Following yesterday’s announcement by the Director General of Channel 31 in Kazakhstan regarding the country’s debut in Eurovision 2019, the EBU have released a statement.
The EBU made the following statement to ESCToday:
Channel 31 Kazakhstan has indeed expressed interest in becoming a Member of the EBU and hence participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
However, since Channel 31 is outside the European Broadcasting Area and is also not a member of the Council of Europe, it is not eligible to become an active Member of the EBU.
Kazakhstan has expressed an interest in participating in both the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A delegation was sent from Kazakhstan to observe the recent Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi. In addition, Khabar Agency broadcast all three shows of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live to viewers across Kazakhstan.
Since 1 January 2016, Khabar Agency has been an associate membership of the EBU but this not not necessarily allow entry into the Eurovision Song Contest with participation of associate members (such as Australia) being determined on a case-by-case basis.