KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster, will delay the broadcast of “Duz Pua” until after Eurovision to avoid conflict with the EBU.
Ynet reports that the Israeli national broadcaster will no longer be broadcasting “Duz Pua” in the build up to Eurovision 2019. The three-part comedy drama follows the selection of a gay singer of Muslim origin as the French entrant for “EuroTune”. The singer is then suspected by Mossad of being an ISIS terrorist, after becoming involved with the son of an ISIS member.
The show lead to a reported disagreement between the French national broadcaster and KAN, due to France being represented by a gay muslim singer at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. France Televisions explained that it only became aware of the production in late February, once filming had been completed.
The European Broadcasting Union said in a statement at the time that:
The EBU is aware of the comic drama that is being produced these days in Israel (for ‘KAN’) and deals with an Eurovision-like event. The EBU stresses the importance to freedom of expression to and the reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU is in discussions with the host broadcaster of Eurovision 2019, KAN, about the production, to ensure that the result will work for both sides.
At the time the Director General of KAN, was not willing for the broadcast of “Duz Pua” to be delayed, and wished to see the show aired around Eurovision. According to the Ynet report, KAN has now decided to delay the broadcast until after Eurovision 2019 is held.