The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast in New Zealand for the first time in more than thirty years. The final and both semi finals will be broadcast by Triangle and Stratos TV. They will also broadcast a highlight show from last year's semi finals on 3rd May and the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest final on 10th May. The 2009 final will be broadcast in prime time, just 12 hours after the show takes place in Moscow.
Jim Blackman, founder of the Triangle and Stratos Television channels, says: "The Eurovision Song Contest is a global television iconic event that’s been screening annuall for 53 years. ABBA, which won for Sweden in 1974, has been the most successful after taking the title. The group’s winning song, Waterloo, was in English and most winning songs have been performed in English.
“The Eurovision Song Contest screened in New Zealand more than three decades ago. Bringing it back fits with Triangle and Stratos’ mission to provide New Zealand viewers an alternate window on the world” Blackman says. The Eurovision Song Contest is the most successful non-sporting television show in the world and is also broadcast in Australia and many other countries across the world.