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07
October
2017

OGAE SPAIN CONGRESS 2017: LIVE FROM MADRID

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06
October
2017

Sobral tops the list for heart transplant

PORTUGAL – As of Septmeber 9th, Eurovision 2017 winner is in the hospital, addmitted as in critical condition and in level of urgency 2 according to Manuael Antunes, director of heart plant surgery at the hospital where Salvador is located at the moment.

There are 39 people in the waiting list for heart transplant in the country but there seems to consider also another solution for Salvador such as an artificial heart which can help the singer to pass throw the cardiac problem.

The 27 year old singer also has blood type B which is a rare blood type and needs a donor with the same or O negative type. This is what makes his case urgent and made him also top the list for the heart transplant.

It is also explained by the the doctors that his heart problem can cause other organs to be damaged therefore the solution of an artificial heart should be seriously considered. It is also explained that finding a heart definitely needs the right blood type but also needs to take into consideration the person from which the heart is deriving.

You cannot put a car engine into a truck, nor a heart of a 50kg woman to a 80kg man. It is very complicated.

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03
October
2017

Ralph Siegel willing to pay but Bosnia & Herzegovina has dignity!

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – BHRT seems to have been refused the proposal of Ralph Siegel to pay the participation fee and expenses of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. According to Bosnian press, Siegel proposed to BHRT the singer Hanka Paldum. Despite the huge financial problems of the broadcaster, BHRT rejected the proposal. Though Hanka is not giving up representing Bosnia and Herzegovina, waiting for the broadcaster to recover and then enter the Eurovision race,

It has been 45 years of Ralph Siegel love affair with the Eurovision Song Contest. It wall started in the 1972 German national selection but he entered the Eurovision stage in 1974 with Luxembourg.

“Dschinghis Khan” (Germany 1979), “Theater” (Germany 1980), “Papa Pingouin” (Luxembourg 1980), and “Johnny Blue” (Germany 1981) are some of his success hits in Eurovision but it was 1982 when he won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Ein bißchen Frieden” performed by Nicole.

In the recent years Siegel returned to the Eurovision dream by paying the San Marino state television’s participations and therefore deciding the entries and singers. The outcome was never successful though.

Despite the 2016 fully private funded participation it is no secret that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national broadcaster is dealing with severe financial troubles. They also in debt to the EBU with 5.5 million Euros in debt.

For some though, Bosnia’s exit from Eurovision Song Contest has something to do with “mother” Turkey influence in the region.

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24
September
2017

EBU express concerns over UA:PB under-funding

UKRAINE – The 2018 draft of state budget envisages providing only 775 mln UAH (approx. 25 mln EUR) for financing UA: PBC. The sum is around half of the budget defined in the Law on Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.

The management board of UA: PBC regards the possible underfunding as a threat to the freedom of speech. It also sees it as a way of getting the broadcaster under control on the eve of a general election campaign.

EU representatives express their concerns with the possible underfunding of UA: PBC and demand from the Ukrainian government to fulfill its obligation toward UA: PBC.

The EBU was one of the first to express its position concerning under-funding financing of UA: PBC. The statement of the organization says that UA: PBC is the core of recent political reforms in Ukraine. A robust and independent public service broadcaster is a crucial tool in the fight against corruption, the respect of the rule of Law, and important step towards Ukraine’s European integration.

The European Broadcasting Union calls on the Ukrainian Government to ensure appropriate, fair and independent funding for UA: PBC in line with the Ukrainian Law and European standards.

“A sudden drop in its funding levels, would undermine the important process of reform UA: PBC has undertaken in order to operate as sustainable and independent public service media organization,” EBU Director General Noel Curran said.

We should not forget that there are pending two cases: how Ukrainian television will get the 15 million Euros deposited as guarantee and also to deal with the fine of EBU (200,000 Euros) for messing with Eurovision 2017 hosting.

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15
September
2017

Eurovision 2018: do we know the Heads of Production?

PORTUGAL – Ola melting, from M&M Production, seems to be one of the two Heads of Production for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after posting a photo on Facebook. He is involved for years in the Eurovision Song Contest and along Tobias Åberg will be heading the project of delivering one great show in Lisbon next May.

Last January Mr Melzig spoke about Eurovision involvement in general: “Eurovision has been the forerunner for our industry in so many ways. We were the first ones to use wireless automation and Catalyst, and one of the first to experiment with LED floors and projection mapped sets. Eurovision is allowed the time and money to be curious and strive to do the unexpected – the easiest way to do that is with new technology. “In 2016 we managed to gather pretty much the same team as three years earlier in Malmö, which really gave us the confidence to kick some serious ass and outdo everything that had come before it. The whole team worked so hard and it resulted in seven hours of absolutely world-class television.”

Alongside we will see T-Light Design AB’s Tobias Åberg (Head of Production in Eurovision 2016) making sure that his Eurovision experience will ensure a g=magnificent result for the event.

Before we all start moaning that Portuguese broadcaster gave the hosting work to Swedes, we have to remember that this is an international event with many technical aspects and in deep need for high level of professional knowledge in order to avoid mistakes and of course chaos (such as in Ukraine last year). We only hope to see innovations not only in the lights and stage but also in the idea and concept of how the show is delivered on camera (graphics, post card, hosting, scoreboard etc), as the last 5-6 years we kinda see every year a Eurovision Song Contest with the same idea and concept implemented in just different sounds and colours.

The official announcement of the RTP / EBU core team for the 2018 Eurovision production team is expected soon…

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