Mango TV has altered their broadcast of the first semi-final which had previously removed the performances from both Albania and Ireland.
The Chinese broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest, Mango TV has now edited their original broadcast of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The online channels original broadcast saw the performances of both Ireland and Albania removed entirely.
Albania, with Eugent Bushpepa and his performance of “Mall”, was skipped over due to China’s ban on television performers displaying tattoos.
Ireland, on the other hand, was censored due to its inclusion of LGBT content, which China has also banned. Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s performance of “Together” notably featured a romantic dance number with two men. Parts of Switzerland’s performance were also censored with blurred bars to cover rainbow flags in the audience.
The reworked version of the broadcast now includes the previously removed Albanian performance. The performance now features significant blurring throughout the three minutes. While the Swiss performance has seen the LGBT flags less heavily altered in the shots.
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Yesterday evening the European Broadcasting Union terminated the broadcasters rights to the remainder of the competition. The EBU released a statement reading;
On the 9th of May, Chinese broadcaster Mango TV broadcast the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live but two performances were censored. This is not in line with the EBU’s values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music. It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final.
The broadcaster as a result was not able to air last nights second semi-final or this Saturday’s Grand Final.
Source: Mango TV / Twitter