Eurovision 2016 – For the past 5 years Eurovision Times has been lucky enough to have been present in the Eurovision press centre, bringing readers photos and videos from rehearsals, parties, the red carpet and events across the host city.
Sadly this year our accreditation request has been rejected and we will therefore not be able to bring you the same coverage as per the last few years. The BBC gave no reason for rejecting us this year but we are not alone; several other journalists and sites we know have also been rejected totally as we were, or had their number of accreditations decreased. Numbers of applications were up, there are a high number of countries entering and costs have to be considered.
We do not know whether we will be able to get accreditation next year as the process looks set to change. A new company has won the tender from next year and no-one knows how accreditations will be allocated going forward.
Eurovision Times will still be in Stockholm from 10th – 15th May and attending the 6 live shows, and we will bring you as much coverage as we can whilst there. (Without press centre facilities that isn’t always so easy unfortunately.) The late decision by the BBC also put us in the position of not being able to apply for alternative passes, but we hope to have F2 fan passes via OGAE so that we can access the Euroclub.
We are obviously very disappointed not just for ourselves, but for you the readers too who get to enjoy some of the events of the two weeks that you would not normally be part of.