With the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest right aroud the corner, France Televisions is signaling that it’s ready to take Eurovision seriously again. In the broadcaster’s annual Rentrée Bulletin, which details the coming year in programming, director of programming for France 2 Thierry Thuillier reveals that Eurovision will graduate from France 3, its network of regional stations, to France 2, the national broadcaster’s flagship channel and the second-most watched station in the country (after privately owned TF1).
France 2 previously broadcast Eurovision from 1981 until 1998, during which the French were very successful at the contest, even tying for a win. But since Eurovision changed ship to France 3 in 1999, the French have only been in the Top 10 three times. And viewing figures have steadily dropped.
France 2 is much more musical than the rest of France’s TV stations, and its team will no doubt be up to the task of finding this year’s contestant. It also signals that France is ready to put Eurovision back at the heart of national entertainment.
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