Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is moving from SBS to ABC ME in a surprise announcement by both broadcasters.
Following discussions between ABC, SBS, and the European Broadcasting Union, SBS has given ABC ME the opportunity to broadcast the event where it can maximise its audience.
David Anderson, ABC Director of Television, said: “We are delighted to be working with SBS, the European Broadcasting Union and production partner Blink TV on such an incredible event. By utilising all of ABC ME’s internal productions (News to Me, BTN, Spawn Point) and online and social platforms, the channel is able to maximise the reach of the extraordinary contest, while introducing our audience to incredible performers and cultures from across Europe, as well as encouraging them to get behind our Australian contestant.”
Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content, said: “The Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been growing its following among passionate Eurovision fans since SBS first broadcast the event in 2014. This is now a great opportunity to reach a youth and children’s audience not available on SBS, to encourage more young Australians to get behind our performer, embrace the fun of the contest, and the spirit of unity and learning about different cultures which Junior Eurovision inspires.”
Paul Clarke, Australia’s Head of Delegation at Eurovision and Director of Blink TV, said: “Eurovision and Junior Eurovision always showcase our Australian singers and songwriters in the most impactful way, and to a huge European audience. This is a very exciting new step in our Eurovision story and we welcome ABC ME and their viewers! We really look forward to working with ABC ME.”
Australia will send another young performer to represent us at the Tbilisi Sports Palace, Georgia. ABC ME host, Grace Koh, will attend the event in Georgia and send through daily updates on the competition. On Monday 27 November, she will be joined by Pip Rasmussen and Tim Mathews.
ABC ME will broadcast the JESC 2017 on Monday 27 November at 7.30pm.