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Wuhan coronavirus: Eurovision song organisers expect event as planned

Christian Fernsby |
Organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest said they were focussed for now on holding the event planned for Rotterdam in May while weighing possible disruptions from the coronavirus crisis.

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Dutch public broadcaster NPO said it was in consultations with the European Broadcasting Union, the coproducer of the hugely popular televised event, to review how the virus may impact the contest.

“It is currently too early to comment on these possible scenarios, as they depend on developments in the coming period. Our focus is still on producing an unforgettable Eurovision Song Contest,” NPO was quoted as saying by the Dutch news agency ANP.

The broadcaster declined to comment on reports that the glitzy festival could go ahead without its usual live audience of thousands of people and be filmed behind closed doors in the Dutch port city instead.

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