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ATV+ wants to take Austria to Athens

by Marcus Klier 42 views

In a relatively short time after the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, the Austrian broadcaster ORF stated that they were going to withdraw from the 2006 contest. Now it seems like there's a new chance for Austria to be part of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, as another TV channel wants to take over their rights.

Although Austria's withdrawal from the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens hasn't yet officially been confirmed by the EBU, TV Matrix reports, that the small commercial TV channel ATV+ already believes, that ORF is out of the game. For that reason, they have applied to EBU to take over the rights for airing future Eurovision Song Contests events. The first show to screen would be the 50th anniversary show on October 22nd, but they have also asked for the rights to broadcast the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.

ATV+ is not an active member of the EBU and because of that it's unlikely at the moment, that they would be allowed to send an entry to Greece. According to the rules, Austria would have to screen the 2006 contest to be allowed to participate in 2007. Because of that, screening the show on ATV+ could make a participation in 2007 a possibility.

In 2005, Austria finished 21st in the semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest, thus not qualifying for the final, represented by Global.Kryner with Y así.

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