The European Broadcasting Union has reaffirmed that it has no plans to invite New Zealand to the Eurovision Song Contest.
The EBU has reaffirmed in a statement to TVNZ that they have “no plans” to invite New Zealand to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest in the near future. The question was posed as part of a news report by the New Zealand public broadcaster on Eurovision.
Unlike its neighbour across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand does not have an established history or interest in the competition. The contest was broadcast in New Zealand in the 1970s on and off, before being broadcast on delay by Stratos Television in 2009 and 2011.
Eurovision then dropped off television screens again until 2014 when UKTV picked up the rights to the contest. The competition was aired on UKTV between 2014 and 2016 before being dropped by the broadcaster. Since then viewers in New Zealand have had to watch the contest via YouTube.
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