Eurovision fans in China will no longer be able to watch any Eurovision shows, effective immediately. That’s after the EBU withdrew the broadcasting rights of Chinese broadcaster Mango TV after it censored Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2018.
The Chinese network refused to air Ireland’s performance because it included two male dancers portraying a gay couple. It also blocked Albania’s performance because of the visible tattoos on singer Eugent Bushpepa.
The EBU explained its position in a statement:
“On the 9th of May, Chinese broadcaster Mango TV broadcast the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live but two performances were censored. This is not in line with the EBU’s values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music. It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final”.
In Vienna, a representative from China’s Hunan Broadcasting System was very enthusiastic about China’s intentions to participate in the contest one day. She and her team are at Eurovision again this year, suggesting the fire is very much alive in them. But with the ban of Mango TV, China has veered seriously off course.
What do you think, was the EBU right to ban Mango TV after cencoring both Ireland and Albania?