OUTtv has confirmed that they will not be broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal
The Canadian broadcaster OUTtv has confirmed that they will not be broadcasting this years Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The network which focuses on LGTB programming had brought the Eurovision Song Contest back to Canadian viewers in 2014 when they gained the rights to the contest. In both 2014 and 2015 the broadcaster showed the contest on delay opting to broadcast the show in June.
Read more about previous plans for a Eurovision Song Contest for Canada
Marc Putnam the CEO of OUTtv had expressed his wish to see the channel broadcast the 2017 contest following the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden. Mr Putnam believed that the Canadian audience would take to the contest.
A total of 43 countries will take part in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This includes Russia, as they return to the contest after a year break. The 43 participating countries are:
- Czech Republic
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
The official slogan for this year’s contest is “All Aboard!”, and was chosen to represent a celebration of Europe and music. The slogan was inspired by Lisbon’s longstanding history as an important global seaport and the importance of the ocean in Portugal’s history. The ocean has connected Portugal to the rest of the world for centuries, and this connectivity is intended to invite people from across the world to come together to celebrate music and Eurovision.