United Kingdom – Several newspapers and websites in the United Kingdom report today, that the British national broadcaster BBC has spent 330,000 £ (~ 425,000 €) on the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Considering the 7 hours of entertainment Eurovision provided this year, that makes roughly 45,000 £ (58,000 €) an hour. However, these costs only cover the participation fees of the BBC, hotel and promotion costs for the delegation in Baku are not included.
The BBC said: “As other broadcasters contribute to the contest, the BBC is able to deliver a massive, live spectacle for a small fraction of the overall cost. The contest provides BBC viewers with over seven hours of programming across BBC1 and BBC3, making it extremely cost-effective for a prime-time entertainment programme.” Indeed, the 45k per hour is one of the lowest production costs for any comparable programme (f.ex The Voice) on BBC.
This year 7,5 million Brits watched the Final, in which crooner Engelbert Humperdinck only came second to last. The disappointment was followed by an outcry of some viewers and many tabloids about the alleged political nature of the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest. Many asked the BBC to withdraw from the competition.
Source = DailyRecord.co.uk
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