Stockholm 2016


‘ Move song festival from 9 pm to 8 pm ’

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The Swedish team behind the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 does a striking proposal to the EBU: the time at which the match broadcast in an hour.

For years, start the broadcast from the host country at 21.00 CET or Central European Time. The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter writes that Swedish broadcaster SVT wants to ask for that to move to 20.00 starting hour. Executive Supervisor of the next edition, Martin Österdahl, refers to the very Eastern countries such as Azerbaijan and Georgia, where the contest due to the large time difference only kicks off at midnight local time.

The final of the Eurovision song contest 2015 also goes into history as the longest final ever, with a length of slightly more than four hours. At 1 am Central European time was the broadcast ended, although before that never before had deviated from the length of three and a half hours.

In addition, it was also announced the budget for the 61st Eurovision Song Contest: everything is done with 125 million Swedish kronor, or around 13.3 million.