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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU; French: Union Européenne de Radio-télévision, UER; German: Europäische Rundfunkunion, ERU) is an alliance of public service media organisations, established on 12 February 1950. The organisation is made up of 117 member organisations in 56 countries, and 34 associate members from a further 21 countries. It is best known for producing the Eurovision Song Contest. It also hosted debates between candidates for the European Commission presidency for the 2014 parliamentary elections but is unrelated to the European Union itself.
EBU Members are public service broadcasters whose output is made, financed and controlled by the public, for the public. PSM broadcasters are often established by law but are non-partisan, independent and run for the benefit of society as a whole.
The EBU's highest profile production is the Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU also organises the Eurovision Dance Contest, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the Eurovision Young Dancers competition, and other competitions which are modelled along similar lines.
The EBU was a successor to the International Broadcasting Union (IBU) that was founded in 1925 and had its administrative headquarters in Geneva and technical office in Brussels
It was in effect taken over by Nazi Germany during the Second World War and when the conflict ended in the eyes of the Allies it was a compromised organisation that they could not trust.
The objective of the EBU's technical activities is simply to assist EBU Members (see below) in this period of unprecedented technological changes. This includes provision of technical information to Members via conferences and workshops, as well as in written form (such as the EBU Technical Review, and the EBU tech-i magazine).
The EBU also encourages active collaboration between its Members on the basis that they can freely share their knowledge and experience, thus achieving considerably more than individual Members could achieve by themselves.
Much of this collaboration is achieved through Project Groups which study specific technical issues of common interest: for example, EBU Members have long been preparing for the revision of the 1961 Stockholm Plan. The EBU places great emphasis on the use of open standards. Widespread use of open standards (such as MPEG-2, DAB, DVB, etc.) ensures interoperability between products from different vendors, as well as facilitating the exchange of programme material between EBU Members and promoting "horizontal markets" for the benefit of all consumers.
Calls for boycott Due to the contest being held in Israel, and initially there being the potential for Jerusalem to host, many proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement called on their national broadcasters to boycott the competition over Israel's policies towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. This included members of the Australian Greens party, Sinn Féin, the Irish Alternative, Sweden's Left Party and many entertainers including 1994 contest winner Charlie McGettigan. Icelandic broadcaster RÚV met to discuss a boycott in response to a petition of 23,000 signatures, but ultimately neither RÚV nor any other broadcaster withdrew from the contest in response to boycott calls. Several national selections were disrupted by BDS supporters calling for a boycott in the lead-up to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This included the second-semi final of France's Destination Eurovision, which was invaded by stage intruders who held up signs advocating a boycott; and selection events in Spain, Germany, and Denmark were all targeted by protesters outside the venues calling for a boycott. The European Broadcasting Union later sent special letter to all participating broadcasters advising precautions that they could take to prevent similar disruptions. An opinion piece in Sweden's largest newspaper Aftonbladet, calling for a boycott of the contest and other cultural exchanges with Israel, was signed by 171 Swedish professionals in the cultural sector.
In late April 2019, over 100 celebrities including Stephen Fry and Sharon Osbourne signed a joined statement against boycotting Eurovision in Israel.
originally posted by: TheMasterOne
I didn't know Jerusalem was in europe, that's news to me.
originally posted by: TheMasterOne
I didn't know Jerusalem was in europe, that's news to me.The "grand final" couldn't happen in western europe i suppose...
This show is so unpopular anyways it don't matter. Each and every year the unlikely, talentless singer/band win so this show is not about music but something else: a platform to promote minorities, LGBTQ and so on
What bother me is how much it cost because i sure as hell want my tax refund.
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