Accreditation in 2016
The European Broadcasting Union considers the Press Accreditation (category P) to be a working tool to be used by media professionals only. This page describes the definition of a media professional.
GRANTING APPLICATIONS • The EBU and participating EBU Member broadcasters only provide accreditation to representatives of media which are available to the public in sales outlets, through publically accessible radio frequencies, television channels or internet sites. The media outlet should be registered at the Chamber of Commerce, or should be legally established otherwise.
DENYING APPLICATIONS • Publishers, marketing personnel, sub-editors, staff of the publication's secretariat, advertising agency representatives, public relations agencies, students, Eurovision Song Contest fan publication producers, internal magazines of companies, trade magazines, and newsletters (or representatives of) one of the participating artists can not be accredited as press. However, at the sole discretion of the EBU's acting Head of Press, and where the quality and circulation criteria justify their consideration, such publications may be eligible for accreditation on a case by case basis.
PRIORITY • A limited number of accreditations is available per participating country, based on the capacity of the Press Centre. It is the responsibility of the respective Head of Delegation or Head of Press to give out accreditations with priority to mass media, such as national daily newspapers, mass-circulation magazines, leading radio- and television stations, and popular internet portals.
ACCESS • Unless differently stated, accredited press have:
- access to the Press Working Area, Interview Area and the Press Conference Area;
- access to a designated area inside the Arena during Open Rehearsals;
- access to a designated area inside the Arena during at least one of the Dress Rehearsals of each event;
- access to the EuroClub, opening- and afterparties (depending capacity limitations on invitation basis).
Press accreditation does not provide access to the Show Desk, Backstage Area, Commentators Area or the Technical Areas, and is not valid as a concert ticket.
PHOTOGRAPHERS POOL A • A maximum of 10 pool photographers have access to the arena during the entire live shows, and can work under excellent conditions in a designated area in front of the stage. Access is limited to world's biggest news- and photo agencies who have to contact the EBU Eurovision Song Contest Communications Coordinator before the accreditation deadline.
PHOTOGRAPHERS POOL B • A maximum of 1 pool photographer per participating country has access to the arena at the end of each show, when the winners appear on stage. Pool badges will be distributed on-site at the sole discretion of each delegation's Head of Press and the EBU.
Unlike at other major events, the EBU welcomes a select group of dedicated fans of the participating artists and the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore, each participating delegation, and the EBU, can give out a small number of fan accreditations. In total, a maximum of 400 fan accreditations can be assigned.
FAN ACCESS • Unless differently stated, accredited fans have:
- Access to a dedicated Fan Area;
- Access to a designated area inside the Arena during Open Rehearsals;
- Access to a designated area inside the Arena during the first Dress Rehearsal of each event;
- Access to the EuroClub;
- Depending on capacity; Access to opening- and afterparties (TBA)
Fan accreditation does not provide access to the Show Desk, Backstage Area, Press Working Area, Press Conference Area, Commentators Area or the Technical Areas. Also, a fan accreditation does not grant a ticket for any of the live shows.