Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C
# not together
Eurovision ends contract with Chinese broadcaster after it didn't show Irish entry
The performance featured two men dancing on stage.

original Armando Franca / PA Images Ryan O’Shaughnessy celebrates after making it through to the Eurovision final this week. Armando Franca / PA Images / PA Images

THE EUROPEAN BROADCASTING Union (EBU) has ended its contract with a Chinese broadcaster which failed to air Ireland’s Eurovision entry.

The semi-final performance of Together by Ryan O’Shaughnessy featured two men dancing on stage.

China, known for its censorship, banned depictions of gay people on television in 2016.

The broadcaster, Mango TV, also failed to air the Albanian entry because the artist in question had tattoos.

BBC News is reporting that rainbow flags were also blurred by Mango TV when it aired the first semi-final of the contest this week.

In a statement, the EBU confirmed that the broadcaster “censored” two performances.

This is not in line with the EBU’s values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music.

“It is with 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.”

O’Shaughnessy welcomed the decision, telling BBC Four: “From the very start we have just said love is love. It doesn’t matter whether it’s between two guys and two girls or a guy and a girl.

“I think it’s a really important decision by the EBU, they haven’t taken it lightly, and I think it’s a move in the right direction.”

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment

    Leave a commentcancel