AUSTRALIA – Sydney will host the first edition of the Asiavision Song Contest, to be organised by Australian broadcaster SBS. While the exact date of the show hasn’t been confirmed, it is expected be held in March, fuelling speculation that the winner could appear at the Eurovision Song Contest in May as a guest. SBS is aiming to have twelve countries in the first edition of the show, while up to 68 broadcasters could be eligible in the future. China (CCTV/Hunan Television), Hong Kong (RTHK), Indonesia (RTVI), Japan (NHK), Mongolia (Mongolian National Broadcaster), Sri Lanka (MBC/Capital Maharaja Organisation) and South Korea (KBS) have all been approached to take part in 2017. Chinese, Japanese and South Korean broadcasters, as well as one from India, are working with SBS to set up a reference group, which will ultimately decide on the rules of the contest.
In March the EBU signed an exclusive option with SBS to establish an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest. Under the agreement, SBS and production partners Blink TV are exploring the opportunity to establish the Eurovision Song Contest concept in the Asia Pacific region, offering broadcasters and sponsors the opportunity to be a part of the event. The broadcast rights will be licensed on a global basis and the event will offer the chance for Asia Pacific countries to showcase their song writing and performing talent to the world.