More changes are coming to Spain‘s broadcaster RTVE. Following former Head of Delegation Ana María Bordás getting appointed as the broadcaster’s Entertainment Director, a new HoD has been confirmed. Eva Mora has been named as Spain’s new Head of Delegation and will oversee their Eurovision and Junior Eurovision efforts.
RTVE announced the news today and also confirmed the formation of a new working group to help organise Spain’s selection and participation in Eurovision.
La periodista de RTVE Eva Mora releva como jefa de Delegación de Eurovisión a Ana María Bordas, que coordina el grupo de trabajo.https://t.co/nwHsbeq5rC
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) August 28, 2021
Eva Mora is a familiar face on RTVE. Born in Madrid in 1974, she began working for the broadcaster in 2000. In recent years, she was one of three commentators covering Junior Eurovision in Warsaw last year and Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light. She also features on the news channel 24 Horas where she is known for her coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, and her interviews of upcoming stars in music.
Mora’s knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest is exemplary, and the announcement of her new role has been well-received by Spanish Eurofans. Eurovision 2018 repesentative Alfred García tweeted in support of Eva’s appointment, saying “I could not imagine a more professional person with more passion and respect for the festival and music.” High praise!
— alfredgarcia (@alfredgarcia) August 28, 2021
The outgoing HoD Ana María Bordás served as the Spanish Head of Delegation since 2017. She replaced Federico Llano, who left abruptly following the heavy Eurodrama at Objetivo Eurovisión that year.
Bordás’ position was only ever meant to be temporary but internal problems delayed her departure. Nonetheless, during her tenure, Spain returned to Junior Eurovision and secured two bronze finishes. Now, in the wake of major restructures in Spain’s approach to Eurovision, a replacement has finally been secured.
RTVE announces Spanish Eurovision Committee
In addition, RTVE announced a working group that will assist in the design of the Spanish participation and their national selection in early 2022.
The new Spanish national selection format was announced in July, and will take place in Benidorm over three shows. This working group will be coordinated by Amalia Martínez de Velasco, the General Content Director, and Ana María Bordás, who is now the Head of Original Content.
The working group will consist of the following:
- Amalia Martínez de Velasco, General Content Director
- Ana María Bordás, Head of Original Content
- María Eizaguirre, Director of Communication and Participation
- Esteban Calle, Marketing Department
- César Vallejo, Digital Documentary Department and Special Envoy in six editions of Eurovision
- Irene Mahía, Current Coordinator of PlayZ and Special Envoy in six editions of Eurovision
- Fernando Macías, RTVE Play, Coordinator of the Eurovision website for RTVE, Special Envoy for Eurovision since 2018
- Javier Martin, RTVE news presenter
- Jordi Vives, Director of Music Programmes
- Julia Varela, Eurovision Commentator since 2015, Director and Presenter of Tarde lo que tard
- Virginia Díaz, Radio 3 specialist (180 degrees, Cachitos)
- Julio Ródenas, Radio 3 specialist (Turbo 3)
The working group will be announcing the rules for the Spanish national selection in the coming weeks. That’s a strong team there, with a lot of experience in Eurovision. RTVE’s new president José Manuel Pérez Tornero said in July “We are coming to win” and it looks like this new attitude is no joke. ¡Vamos España!
What do you think? Do you think Eva Mora will be a good Head of Delegation? Do you like the looks of the Eurovision Committee? What are you hoping for from Spain this year? Let us know below!