According to ots.at, Austria will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. The rumour is based on an article to appear in magazine TV-MEDIA on Wednesday. It would be the country's first participation since 2007.
Update: The news have been confirmed by ORF. Austria will therefore compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany.
According to the TV-MEDIA press release, the national final format is still being discussed. A talent search format is being considered and there are also plans to include the winner of another talent search, Helden von morgen, in the national final. The final of that show will take place in October.
Austria has not been taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2007, when Eric Papilaya finished 27th (second last) in the semi final. Austria won the contest once back in 1966 with Udo Jürgens and Merci Chérie.