Viewers in Kazakhstan will be able to watch all three shows of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 live on Khabar.
Khabar Agency has confirmed that it will be broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 live to viewers across Kazakhstan. Khabar has been broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest live since the 2010 contest in Oslo, Norway.
Khabar Agency is currently an associate member of the EBU, and made their debut appearance at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Kazakhstan’s debut appearance in Junior Eurovision was approved by the Steering Group of the contest. Kazakhstan were represented by Daneliya Tulehsova and the song “Ózine sen”. The nation finished sixth in the final, having been one of the favourites to win this years contest. Kazakhstan finished 8th in the jury vote with 68 points, but came third in the online vote with 103 points.
Khabar Agency is currently pushing for full membership of the European Broadcasting Union, that would enable the broadcaster to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking at last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the Chairman of the Board of Khabar Agency explained:
For many years now, Khabar Agency has been part of the EBU. But our first task is to become full members of the union, so that we have the right to vote. When we will reach this status, it will be much easier. And work in this direction is carried out almost daily. There were big talks between the Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev and the EBU management team.
Negotiations have not ended and we continue to work. Even after Junior Eurovision we’ve already had meetings with them. I think shortly they will come here to Kazakhstan and negotiations will continue. So we hope that a little later a decision is reached.
Kazakhstan is one of a number of non-participating nations that will be broadcasting the competition. Also broadcasting the show are:
- Canada – OMNI Television
- Kosovo – RTK
- Slovakia – Radio_FM
- Ukraine – STB & UA:PBC