PRESS RELEASE published on 02 May 2016 • Department / Unit Media

EBU strikes deal with Viacom’s Logo network to air 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in United States

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is pleased to announce that it has signed a deal to broadcast the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final live in the United States for the first time.

Logo, part of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group including VH1, MTV and Comedy Central, will air the Grand Final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest live on Saturday 14 May at 1500 EST. Logo, the United States’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cable network, is available in nearly 50 million homes.

The Grand Final will also be streamed exclusively in the U.S. on LogoTV.com and the LogoTV mobile app.

“We are thrilled that the world’s biggest entertainment show is being broadcast live in one of the biggest TV markets for the very first time,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is now a truly global phenomenon and we are extremely happy that U.S viewers now get to join those all over Europe, Australia and Asia in experiencing the Grand Final of world’s longest running annual TV music competition on May 14,” he added.

The Contest will be seen in the 42 participating nations as well as in China, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Portugal.

The Eurovision Song Contest reached nearly 200 million television viewers worldwide last year. The 61st Eurovision Song Contest, produced by EBU Member Sveriges Television (SVT), celebrates the theme “Come Together,” and will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 10, 12 and 14.

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