The Parliament of Catalonia has given its approval for the TV3 to push for membership of the European Broadcasting Union.
The Parliament of Catalonia has this week passed a measure that gives its approval for the regional broadcaster including TV3 to push forward with full membership of the European Broadcasting Union. El Nacional reports that a measure asking whether the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (Catalan Broadcasting Corporation) should be a member of the EBU, was approved by 75 yes votes to 56 no votes and 4 abstentions. A follow up vote regarding whether Catalonia should participate in the Eurovision Song Contest was also passed with 69 yes votes to 60 no votes and 6 abstentions.
The Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals is formed of the following broadcasters;
- Televisió de Catalunya – Formed of seven channels including TV3
- Catalunya Ràdio – Formed of four radio networks
According to the report CCM is aiming to submit a membership application in the next year, with the hopes of becoming a full member in 2020. This is the latest development in a long history of the region attempting to gain membership of the EBU.
Precedent Set of Multiple EBU Members in One Country
Members of the Catalan Parliament cited the examples of broadcasters such as;
- S4C – Wales
- RTBF/VRT – Belgium
- SRF/RSI/RTS/RTR – Switzerland
Where nations in Europe have multiple members of the European Broadcasting Union. The rules of the EBU state that;
3.15. A group of broadcasting organisations from the same country which provide either a joint national programme service or, in countries with two or more linguistic areas, a separate programme service for each such area, may be admitted as a single Member if it is a de jure or de facto association of such organisations, and provided that, individually or collectively, they comply with the membership conditions laid down in Articles 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6 above.
In the past two years the European Broadcasting Union has also approved the participation of Wales (S4C) in Eurovision Choir of the Year and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, while BBC Alba (Scotland) will be debuting in the 2019 edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year. However these approvals came as a result of the BBC which covers all of the United Kingdom, turning down participation in the contests.
Catalonia & Eurovision
TV3 does have prior experience working on the Eurovision Song Contest having co-operated with the Andorran national broadcaster in 2004. RTVA worked with TV3, the Catalan regional broadcaster to produce the Andorran selection process for Eurovision Song Contest. Despite fond memories from RTVA of the competition, both broadcasters have since ruled out working collaboratively on another selection due to the costs involved.
El Nacional reports that CCM is currently looking at what EBU events it could start broadcasting to help boost its membership chances. Among the programs being discussed is the Eurovision Song Contest, and whether it could provide Catalan language coverage of the competition.
Other Broadcasters Aiming for Full EBU Membership
A number of other broadcasters across Europe are also currently trying to secure full membership of the European Broadcasting Union. The list currently includes:
Source: El Nacional