EBU have announced that Khabar TV have been approved as an associate member of the EBU. Khabar TV is one of the leading TV stations in Kazakhstan.

People who are now thinking that we could head for Astana in 2018, have to think again. As an associate member without any history in the Eurovision brand, Khabar TV is not and will not be eligible for the Eurovision Song Contest in the near future. Even better: Khabar TV has not even spoken about broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest at all.

This was also confirmed by the EBU on their official Twitter account, where they state:

Under current rules @KhabarTV is not eligible for @Eurovision participation

Unlike Australia, there is simply no history or reason for Kazakhstan to debut in the Eurovision Song Contest. SBS at least had thirty years of Eurovision background. Khabar TV now have the same status as ICRT from Cuba, IRIB from Iran or TdM from Mauritania. No one discusses them debuting in the Eurovision Song Contest and no one ever will. As long as Kazakhstan has the same status as the aforementioned broadcasters, it’s highly unlikely that we see them on the Eurovision stage.

Media Liaison: One of the founding members at escXtra. I'm the Dutchman who loves every little idiotic Eurovision fact there is. I usually listen to a lot of Eurovision music, but when I'm not, I listen to country music, schlager and pop, but mostly artists like Tina Turner, Emma, Ilse DeLange and Helene Fischer. On escXtra, you can find me doing pretty much anything that needs doing: Interviews, liveblogs or just your daily portion of news!

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  1. Julnytt 2015: vecka 52 - ESC-Panelen

    December 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    […] medlem i EBU. Detta rapporterar Eurovoix.com. Trots medlemskapet så kommer Khabar Television inte automatiskt att få tävla i Eurovision Song Contest. Istället måste det bli till som det blev för Australien, dvs. att EBU bjuder in landet att […]

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