Eurovision Song Contest governing body to meet in Baku first time

Eurovision Song Contest governing body to meet in Baku first time
Baku. Photo: Proger
Baku, Azerbaijan -

The governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, the so-called Reference Group, is set to meet in Azerbaijan's capital Baku for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday this week. During the meeting, Host Broadcaster Ictimai TV will give the group insight on the state of preparations for the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in May next year.

During the two-day meeting, the group will discuss the overall state of preparations by Ictimai TV, look into various venues that can host the three pan-European live television broadcasts and go over several regulatory details that are up for improvement.

A highlight prior to this first meeting in the country's capital is the handover of essential guarantee documents requested from the Azeri government by the European Broadcasting Union.

These cover security guarantees, full commitment to a convenient visa policy for the thousands of foreign guests that will travel to Azerbaijan, and freedom of speech and -press in accordance with the European Convention of Human Rights for all those who will visit the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in May as delegates, crew, press and fans.

"A commitment to these fundamental circumstances has been the cornerstone of the success of the Eurovision Song Contest since its foundation in 1956," says Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, adding that "2012 is no exception to that."

The Reference Group consists of a Chairman, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU, this year's Executive Producer on behalf of Ictimai TV, the Executive Producer of the previous edition and four elected members, who represent the participating broadcasters.

The body meets four to five times a year to evaluate the progress of preparations and to take strategic decisions about the contest.

The Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to take place on 26 May, two Semi-Finals are set for 22 and 24 May. Some 40 nations are expected to be represented, of which several have already started their search for a potential winner.


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  • Posted on 6 September 2011 at 19:01
    welcome to Land of Fire report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 September 2011 at 13:36
    I like photo.Azerbaijan is wondeful country. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 September 2011 at 13:35
    Yeah !
    I like Azerbaijan.I'm happy <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 September 2011 at 15:23
    did the 'body' also get guarantees of how the azeri government is dealing with all the GAY fans? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2011 at 21:49
    hope ESC 2012 will be amazing report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2011 at 20:45
    welcome to Land of Fire report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2011 at 20:37
    Baku ♥ The most beautiful city in Europe-asia :))
    İ cann`t wait Euro♥ision 2012 (; report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2011 at 19:56
    And then there is also Morocco which it is looking likely they may return to the contest this year after being absent since there only entry 31 years ago, that ios easily the longest break in ESC!!! so if we get morocco back we have 45, but due to the fact that we have 6 prequalified entry, there is room for a total of 46 entries, 2 for each semi, so we could see a happy debut by liechtenstein, or return of lexembourg??? who knows!!!?!?

    but by the looks of thing in generl, i think we will have a record breaking number of entries this year, atleast 44, so that would be 6 prequalified and 19 in each semi final :)!!!!!!

    come on Baku 2012 wooohohohohohoooo!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2011 at 19:56
    well so far, according to azerbaijan news site and wikipedia, we have 40 confirmed participants, 39 from last year and a return from czech republic!! WOOP!

    we are waiting on confirmation or declines from Iceland (oddly??!?!?), Armenia (Expected), Portugal (Due To RTP Privitisation) & Albania (Who Knows LOL)!! Which if they all come back which i think they all will, will bring the total to 44, a new esc record wooohoooo!!! report to the moderator