UKRAINE – The EBU community has welcomed the successful legal registration of the new Ukrainian public broadcaster – National Public TV and Radio Company of Ukraine (NPTRCU). The registration on 19 January successfully concludes an intensive process of work on legal, structural and administrative acts and reforms. “This is a big step forward in the reform of Ukrainian media, which has been considered by the Ukrainian government as a corner stone for overall reforms in the country,” said EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre. “We sincerely hope that the government will continue to support the development of public service media in Ukraine as a genuine service to the citizens and will ensure its appropriate funding as provided in the Law and as assured by the government at the adoption of the budget for 2017.” NPTRCU is the host broadcaster for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in May. “This will send an important message to the citizens of Ukraine and the whole Europe about the role of public service media in reinforcing our European values in society,” added Deltenre. The EBU will provide further professional assistance to the new entity and support its endeavours to best fulfil its remit in society. (source: http://www.ebu.ch)
LATVIA – Supernova rounds will include listening in Spotify counting one vote per listening, counting as of January 13th up to the end of the voting in each show: 4 weeks for the 1st heat, and 5 weeks for 2nd heat, 6 weeks for the semifinal and 7 weeks for the final. In the semi final 2 entries by the jury and 2 artists by public voting and Spotify data will proceed to the final. In the final public voting and Spotify will determine the winner.
ROMANIA – This morning Romanian national television, TVR, has confirmed that it has received a total of 84 proposals to participate in the next pre-election of the country. Among the artists who have submitted their bids are Lora, Cristina Vasiu, Teodora Dinu (Ovidiu Anton chorus player) and Mihai Traistariu, Romanian representative in Athens 2006, who presented this morning their song “I will not surrender”. Among the composers is Maltese Elton Zarb, who composed the two winning songs by Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In addition the Estonian representative in Eurovision 2015, Stig Rästa, has written “We were Young”, song presented by the interpreter Sergiu Bolota. Once the songs have been validated by the public body, they must be presented live at auditions to be held on 25, 26 and 27 January. A jury and the audience present at the studios will determine what 15 songs will go to the Seletia Nationala 2017 semifinal, to be held next February 26 in Bucharest. In the semifinals, ten candidates will go to the final thanks to the vote of the public (100%). The final gala of the Selectia Nationala 2017 will take place next March 5, where the public will select the Romanian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.