Eurovision cuts out Chinese broadcaster, citing censorship

Eurovision cuts out Chinese broadcaster, citing censorship

Eurovision cuts out Chinese broadcaster, citing censorship

The dispute arose when part of the televised content's show was cut by the Chinese channel, during Tuesday's semi-final.

The team, who analysed data collected around the time of the Eurovision Song Contest (May and June) between 2009-2015, found that people reported being more satisfied with their life if their country had done well in the Eurovision Song Contest that year.

But there is more to the competition than music with political and cultural statements.

After two semi-finals held this week, 20 countries moved to Saturday's final while Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Germany got free passes as they are the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, which stages Eurovision.

Love it or hate it, it's Eurovision time again.

Mango TV, the online video arm of Hunan TV, blacked out the performance of Ireland's Ryan O'Shaughnessy, which featured two male dancers and pixelated a rainbow flag during another song.

It became known that the representative of Ukraine MELOVIN will open the Grand final.

Such censorship is perhaps unsurprising from a country which has a history of media censorship.

The official winner's trophy of the Eurovision Song Contest is a handmade piece of sandblasted glass in the shape of a microphone. This section of the competition did not feature in the broadcast in China.

In addition to China and Australia, the first edition of that contest is expected to include Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Maldives, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea and Vanuatu.

Mango TV failed to immediately answer a CNN petition for comment.

Speaking in Lisbon, O'Shaughnessy yesterday praised the decision to ban a Chinese network from broadcasting the rest of the contest. "From the very start we've said love is love - whether it's between two guys, two girls, or a guy and a girl, so I think this is a really important decision", he told the BBC.

The Eurovision Song Contest commands a global television audience of around 180 million.

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