Monaco: TVMONACO starts operations in September, 2023!

Public broadcaster TVMONACO will start operations on September 1st, 2023.

After some delays in the launching of the new public broadcaster, now there is a confirmed date.  The channel will start operations on September 1, 2023 under the managment of Salim Zegdhar and Nathalie Biancolli.  The channel will reveal more details about the launching on April 18 at MIPTV.

TVMONACOhas begun preparations for this important date.  The team is set to move to the studios and and offices in Fontvieille in July, 2023.

This could be the first step for a return of Monaco to the Eurovision Song Contest.  According to previous reports, the Principality of Monaco allocated 100,000 Euros in the 2022 budget towards a return to the Eurovision Song Contest.  However, the path for a Monegasque return to Eurovision is not settled yet.

TVMONACO will need to apply and gain membership in the European Broadcaster Union should they wish to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

Monaco participated at the Eurovision Song Contest from 1959 until 1979.  During that period they even managed to win the contest in 1971 with the song “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” by Séverine.  After 25 years of absence Monaco returned in 2004 for three years.  However, the country did not manage to get to the Finals in their last three attempts to participate.

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Source: Monaco Daily News Monaco Matin

Jon Ola Sand: “We don’t need to broaden our scope of participating countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

On the last episode of Euro Trip, Jon Ola Sand, the ex-Executive Supervisor of Eurovision, talked about the possibility to see a debut of Kossovo or Kazakhstan but also for a returning country to come back any time soon.

At first, in his interview with the host of the show, he mentioned Kazakhstan and if the have chances to debut in Eurovision:

“There is a really keen interest from the broadcaster in Kazakhstan to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. There has never been any serious discussion to bring them in.They are not a member of the EBU, and we really don’t need to broaden our scope of participating countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

After that he talked about Kossovo and their chances of a debut, when he mentioned:

“There has been no attempt from the EBU to bring Kosovo into the Eurovision Song Contest. There have been discussions as a broadcaster, but they  lack the status to allow them to compete.

Australia have been an exception because the country’s public broadcaster SBS has competed in every edition of the competition since owing to its associate EBU membership.

Last but not least, he talked about the possibility to see Luxembourg, Andorra, Slovakia, Monaco or Turkey returning in Eurovision Song Contest:

“We had talks with all the broadcasters you mentioned . It hasn’t been a priority for us to bring them in. There isn’t a need to grow the number of participants. But Turkey would have a higher priority than say, Monaco for instance”

Jon Ola Sand served as Executive Supervisor between 2011 and 2020. Prior to this role he was Executive Producer for Eurovision when the contest was held in Oslo, Norway in 2010.

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Monaco: Returns in Eurovision 2023!

A very important news saw the light of day a little while ago. According to Monaco’s largest news site, L’Observateur de Monaco, the Principality is expected to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.

Monaco has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 24 times since its debut in 1959. The country’s only win in the contest came in 1971 when Séverine performed “Un banc, un arbre, une rue”. As a result, Monaco was expected to host the contest in 1972, but declined. As of 2021, Monaco is the only microstate which has won the contest.

The news of Monaco’s return to the Eurovision Song Contest came all of a sudden, as nothing had been heard in the past. The last participation of the state in the competition was in 2006, in Athens. Monaco was represented by Séverine Ferrer with the song “La Coco-Dance”, having been left out of the final. 

According to L’Observateur de Monaco, the country’s annual budget for 2022 refers to a budget of 100,000 euros for the preparation of Monaco’s participation in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

While it is not yet clear which singer could represent Monaco in 2023, several artists, more or less known, have already represented the colors of the Principality in recent decades.

In any case, this news is very pleasant, as one of the first countries to ever participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is going to return to our favorite competition after 17 years. More details are expected to be known in the near future.

Even more skeptics can see the relevant reference in the preliminary draft budget, on pages 83-84 HERE

Source: LObservateur de Monaco