The EBU is calling for more commentators to fly over to the Eurovision host cities in order to commentate on the competition. Whilst some commentators fly to the host city annually, many broadcast choose to keep their commentators on home soil.
As many European national broadcasters are going through difficult economical phases, the EBU calls for more commentators to travel to the Eurovision host cities. This is the main message of a letter sent out to all television partners of the Eurovision Song Contest, as reveal by telepro.be.
The EBU insist of the fact that commentators should be on site rather than in their respective studios.
BBC’s Graham Norton gives tour of commentary box (2016)
Broadcasters to balance costs and benefits
It is true that sending out commentators on the spot obviously costs travel and accommodation, but the EBU also charges the rental of the cabin and obviously the beam between the room and the country that broadcasts, according to telepro.be.