CANADA – The Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast in Canada in 2015. The competition had previously aired on OUTtv across Canada. The network, which focuses on LGBT programming, reintroduced the Eurovision Song Contest to Canadian audiences in 2014 after acquiring the rights to the competition. In both 2014 and 2015, the broadcaster delayed the show, preferring to air it in June.
The rights to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest to Canadian viewers have been lost by OMNI Television. The Eurovision Song Contest was brought back to Canada by OMNI in 2019 and will be broadcast again in 2021.
During that time, the channel broadcast the contest on TV and online with a short delay. OMNI Television is a multi-cultural broadcaster that airs shows from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia in over 20 languages.
The channel’s loss of rights comes after the European Broadcasting Union announced a new spin-off version of the Eurovision Song Contest, currently known as ‘Eurovision Canada.’
The broadcaster that will air the Canadian version of the Eurovision Song Contest has not been announced, but it is likely that it will also air the Eurovision Song Contest. This would be consistent with NBC’s decision to licence the Eurovision format for the American Song Contest after securing the rights to broadcast Eurovision.
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