The EBU has confirmed to Eurovoix that the change in the starting time for Junior Eurovision 2020 was requested by TVP.
This years host broadcaster TVP asked the European Broadcasting Union to change the starting time of the contest from 16:00 CET to 17:00 CET. The EBU confirmed in a statement to Eurovoix that:
The change was requested by the host broadcaster due to local scheduling needs and was approved by the Steering Group.
The starting time of 16:00 CET was previously changed for the 2016 contest having previously started at 19:30 CET for the 2015 contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. The delay of one hour to the start time of this years contest means that in Kazakhstan, the most easterly of the participating countries, the contest starts at 22:00 local time.
The late afternoon start time of 16:00 CET was chosen by the EBU and Steering Group as a more child friendly time slot in both Western Europe but also Eastern Europe. However the change did result in a drop in viewership in some western countries where the contest now occurred mid-afternoon. TG4 in Ireland opted to broadcast the contest on delay as not to clash with sporting programming on the channel.
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