Eurovision axes Chinese broadcast after censorship row

12 May, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Rita Burton
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Our department employs people from lots of different countries and around the time of the Eurovision Song Contest we were chatting about whether the competition could also affect a country's national wellbeing. However, not, it seems, in China, after the European Broadcasting Union banned Chinese broadcaster Mango TV from blocking LGBT elements of the event.

"This is not in line with the EBU's values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music", the Eurovision organiser said.

The 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest is set to crown this year's winning nation on Saturday (May 12) in Lisbon, Portugal, and if you're itching to see all 26 finalists sing their hearts out as it happens without using a bootleg stream or VPN in the USA, you're in luck.

Mango TV made the decision to black out O'Shaughnessy's act.

Along with Ukraine, other second semi-final performers from Norway, Serbia, Denmark, Moldova, the Netherlands, Australia, Hungary, Sweden and Slovenia qualified for the final.

MangoTV, which has exclusive rights to telecast the show in China, also blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

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It is understood Mango TV could not provide the EBU with an undertaking that the performances would not be censored for a second time.

Such censorship is perhaps unsurprising from a country which has a history of media censorship.

In Lisbon ended the second semifinal of the global song contest Eurovision-2018. Mango TV and China's TV and radio regulator did not reply to request for comment.

Speaking in Lisbon, O'Shaughnessy yesterday praised the decision to ban a Chinese network from broadcasting the rest of the contest.

"I would like to welcome the decision by the EBU to do that because from the very start we have just said love is love", said O'Shaughnessy.

Around this time past year, Italy also lost their big leap and Portugal and Bulgaria started to present themselves as potential Eurovision winners.

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