VALLETTA, MALTA – We knew it but now it is confirmed: Malta will host again the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November.
Unlike 2014, this time it’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Valletta 2016 which means that the contest might take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. But EBU gives us a hint: the show will take place in several locations inside Valletta and therefore not in one venue?!
The show will take place in the afternoon and not in the prime time zone. EBU and PBS confirmed there will be many changes in the format of the show one of which is the time of the show. More information are expected in the joint press conference in Stockholm.
PBS CEO Anton Attard, will again act as Executive Producer having taken the role in 2014. He said he was thrilled to organise the event again: “Within PBS we have tried to challenge every aspect of Junior Eurovision, based on our experience of hosting in 2014. We can again promise a high-quality production, together with some new additions to the format, as well as our Maltese hospitality to everyone who joins us in Malta this November.”
“Within the Steering Group we have been discussing how to improve and further the JESC format,” said Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor for Junior Eurovision 2016. “Many members, including some not taking part, felt that the timeslot was not suited to children and family viewing, so we have tried to bring the competition to a time more fitting for this type of event. On behalf of the EBU, I am very excited that PBS has agreed to host the event again, and look forward to working with them after the benchmark that they set back in 2014.”