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Israel: KAN Gains Full Membership of the EBU

KAN has today been approved as a full member of the European Broadcasting Union by its General Assembly.

KAN also known as IPBC has been a pending member of the European Broadcasting Union since it was formed in 2017. Lacking full membership of the EBU meant that the broadcaster had to receive dispensation from the EBU to participate in Eurovision events such as the Eurovision Song Contest which it won earlier this year in Lisbon, Portugal.

The EBU had previously been skeptical of approving the broadcaster as a member, due to a lack of news services when the broadcaster first launched. In mid-2017 the broadcaster introduced new news services to its channels.

Tel Aviv will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Centre) on May 14, 16 and 18 2019. Tickets for the contest will be available by the end of the year. While Tel Aviv has never hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, the “Israel Calling” Party has been held in the city since 2016. Acts from 25 participating countries took part in this year’s event.

Source: EBU

Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s third victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.

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