It’s still a long two months until Eurovision, but the bookmakers’ favourite to win Eurovision 2019 — the Netherlands, represented by Duncan Laurence — already has a plan ready for hosting Eurovision 2020 in case of a win.
Those who know something of the Dutch work ethic will probably know that the Dutch are always prepared and quite punctual when it comes to organising an event. Eurovision in Concert regularly slays, right?
Well, a spokesperson for the NPO, the parent organisation of all public broadcasters in the Netherlands, has told RTL Nieuws that a generic scenario to host Eurovision has been in the drawers of the public broadcaster for several years now.
“There is a scenario concerning the outline, but we will only start working with it after the Netherlands has won the final.”
Who would pay for a Dutch Eurovision 2020?
The Netherlands has perhaps one of the most confusing and complex public broadcaster structures in Europe, which needs some explanation.
As a result of extreme divides in society at the time of the surge of television in Europe, called pillarisation, the Dutch public broadcaster became a union of several broadcasters with those broadcasters each having their own political or spiritual identity. This was to give every part of society broadcasting time.
The two broadcasters which came together to form AVROTROS originally had more of a liberal stance, but as with many broadcasters, this stance has become less and less visible as time has gone on. Nowadays, the amount of broadcasting time is allocated by the amount of members each broadcaster has.
As the NPO is the parent organisation of AVROTROS, it will mainly be the NPO that would deal with the finances and the subsidies for Eurovision. The NPO told RTL Nieuws that financing is something that they would obviously discuss with the EBU at a later stage. AVROTROS would, however, still take care of all the creative work in the event of hosting.
The Dutch seem to be fully prepared to take on hosting Eurovision 2020 — if, of course, they manage to win. It’s no surprise they’re keen: They have been waiting to host Eurovision since 1980!
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