The BBC’s preparations for Eurovision 2023 are well underway! The broadcaster are currently advertising two Eurovision-related opportunities.
Firstly, today marks the closure of applications for independent production companies who wish to film the Insignia Handover and Allocation Draw. Production companies may apply to the BBC before 7PM GMT today to register their interest.
The Insignia Handover is an ongoing tradition which began with Helsinki in 2007. Each host city adds their own special symbol to a massive Eurovision keychain; then, when their time as Eurovision host comes to an end, they pass the keychain on to the next host city. The Allocation Draw, meanwhile, determines which Semi-Final each country will compete in.
As the BBC points out, these brief shows mark “the start of Eurovision season and will be the first opportunity for our host city to show the world what awaits them in 2023.”
Here is a look back at last year’s Insignia Handover and Allocation Draw:
Secondly, it appears that the BBC is also seeking general ideas about supplementary Eurovision-themed programming. These concepts may be “either factual or entertainment skewing, as support programming for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.” Ideas may be submitted to Rachel Ashdown through BBC Pitch.
Ashdown will be a familiar name to Eurovision fans, due to her time as the Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom. She will be the Lead Commissioner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
The BBC promises that “further opportunities to produce specific content for the Eurovision Song Contest will be announced in due course.”
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