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Can Eurovision be a US hit?

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9 May 2016

Episode 239

30 minutes


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Last week it was announced that the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest would be broadcast in the US for the first time, with LGBT network Logo airing the competition. Can Eurovision be as successful in the US as it has been in other non-European nations such as Australia? We pose the question to Broadcast magazine’s Peter White, Eurovision expert William Lee Adams and Australia’s SBS network.

9 May 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Asiavision: Australia takes on the Eurovision Song Contest

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This year Australian national broadcaster SBS announced that it would be launching Asiavision, the Asia-Pacific take on Eurovision. Daniel Giacopelli speaks to Helen Kellie, chief content officer at the network to find out more.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

The great Eurovision invasion, part one

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Fernando Pacheco and Eurovision expert William Lee Adams discuss the recent news that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast in the US for the first time.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

The great Eurovision invasion, part two

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Last week it was announced that the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest would be broadcast in the US for the first time, with LGBT network Logo airing the competition. We speak to Broadcast magazine’s Peter White to find out why it’s taken 61 years, why they have decided to air it now and whether the US is ready for Eurovision.

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