TVR: We're ready for Juniors

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In less than two months, the fourth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Bucharest. Next week, the Heads of Delegation from the 15 participating countries will be meeting in the Romanian capital. But is Romania ready for hosting the event? Our partner website, found it out in an interview with the responsible persons at TVR. They have kindly allowed to publish the interview.

"Oh yes, of course, we are on schedule! Frankly, in certain areas we are ahead of schedule!" TVR states, while reassuring everyone who worried about the state of the Sala Polivalenta, after seeing pictures of a quite dilapidated building. "The photos of the venue published by Oikotimes were made at the end of August. The upgrading process is running as planned and the Sala Polyvalenta will be ready in time!" The works to turn the Sala Polivalenta – a building comparable to the Palats Sportu in Kiev – into a modern host venue for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest have started this summer and are scheduled to finish at the end of October.

TVR will be in charge of the main aspects of the show. "This year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest logo, as well as the stage concept and the event theme are creations of TVR designers for 100%," the broadcaster proudly says. "The stage will be executed within TVR for 90%, having outside help by some Romanian and foreign companies for final details and some accessories only. Furthermore, we are in negotiations with foreign partners for having high definition equipment."

Last year, Flemish broadcaster VRT brought the production level of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to new heights. "It's difficult to be innovative after your predecessors have proven to be extremely creative and when you want to create a unitary concept regarding the stage design and the light show" TVR says, adding that the green room in Bucharest will get a more important role in the show than ever before.

Romanian broadcaster TVR also thanks Flemish broadcaster VRT for the support they have given since a team of TVR visited the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Hasselt. "All of the Romanian technicians who were present in Hasselt last year are now in charge of the coordination of their specific sector in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006. They are all committed to offer Europe a professional show, to prove that TVR has the same quality standards as any EBU member broadcaster."

But the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is more than just a show. For the participating kids and accompanying delegations, Romanian broadcaster TVR has planned visits to the outdoor museum Muzeul Satului, to the Glass Museum, and parties at the Euroclub!

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