Kazakhstan proudly broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest starting in 2010. But this year broadcaster Khabar Agency dropped Eurovision from its lineup after a 12-year run.
When Khabar Agency became an Associate Member of the EBU in 2016, fans hoped that the Central Asian nation would join the contest in 2017. This didn’t happen, but the interest in Eurovision from the Kazakhs grew and grew. After their Junior Eurovision participation in 2020, Khabar hinted that they would like to compete in the adult Eurovision.
Alas, this hasn’t happened and the EBU didn’t invite them to Turin.
Kazakhstan did not broadcast Eurovision 2022
Many were surprised that Kazakhstan chose not to broadcast the song contest this year. The broadcaster kept quiet on the matter, but eventually released a statement on Instagram.
“We came to this decision because the show has very low ratings. In addition, Kazakhstan has no right to send the country’s singers to the competition, and license fees must be paid for such a large-scale event. Also, the online broadcast time of the contest is inconvenient for domestic viewers – the contest will be held at night in our time.”
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That all makes sense. The contest starts at 1:00 in the country’s capital Nur-Sultan. That means the results of the grand final don’t finish until around 5:00. It’s not exactly a family-friendly viewing time.
Even so, Kazakhstan has said it intends to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this Autumn in Yerevan.