Eurovision cuts out Chinese broadcaster, citing censorship

Saul Bowman
May 12, 2018

Rainbow flags were blurred out at other times in the Mango broadcast, according to the BBC.

Mango TV, who purchased the broadcasting rights in 2015 to broadcast the show in China until 2018, are seen by some Chinese Internet users as just a pawn, since they are not in a position to decide what is shown.

The country won't be hearing "Hello from Lisbon" after the EBU, the organisers of the global singing competition, chose to ban the state's Eurovision 2018 broadcaster following its censorship of LGBT elements during the first semi-final. "It is with great regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final".

The station edited out Ireland's performance from the first semi-final because of its depiction of a gay relationship.

O'Shaughnessy said he was glad the EBU stood up for diversity. Albania's act involved performers with tattoos. On Tuesday evening 10 countries including Israel, Cyprus and Austria qualified for the finals. But the severity of the ban is surprising given the perceived value of expanding the Eurovision brand into Asia broadly and into China specifically.

Despite not being European, Australia have been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015, when they were invited to compete to celebrate the contest's 60th birthday.

Ukrainian singer and composer Melovin made it to the grand finale of Eurovision 2018 with his song "Under The Ladder". "A great Eurovision song is simply a great song".

Teen Vogue has reached out to Mango TV for comment.

"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 said.

Speaking in Lisbon, O'Shaughnessy yesterday praised the decision to ban a Chinese network from broadcasting the rest of the contest.

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