Eurovision Song Contest is “proceeding with planning”

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The European Broadcast Union (EBU) says it is proceeding with planning this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, scheduled for May.

This comes after reports suggested it was considering an online format due to the coronavirus threat.

In a statement to CNN, the EBU said:

“We will continue to follow developments across Europe; and are looking at various possible scenarios together with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS. However, it is currently too early to comment on these scenarios as they depend on developments in the coming months.
The EBU is, of course, closely monitoring the situation concerning the spread of coronavirus and taking all necessary health and safety precautions in line with WHO and national authority guidelines.”

The EBU had already imposed a travel ban after one of its staff in Geneva tested positive for the coronavirus.

What is Eurovision? The singing competition takes place once a year, and is hosted by the previous edition’s winning country. There are two semi-finals, and a grand final.

Eurovision attracts hundreds of millions of viewers, and has given the world acts including Abba, Celine Dion and Olivia Newton-John.

Source: CNN

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