China's Mango TV Banned From Airing 'Eurovision Song Contest' After LGBT Censorship

Posted May 12, 2018

According to the most recent update of the big bookmakers, Cyprus will win the Eurovision Song Contest and claim the title for the first time in history.

The European Broadcasting Union has cut ties with Chinese broadcaster Mango TV after the company censored two of the performances from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest's semi-final.

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On Tuesday, May 8, China's Mango TV blurred a rainbow flag that appeared during Switzerland's performance and also made a decision to cut performances from Ireland and Albania.

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Eurovision banned the airing of this year's final in China after it censored several moments in the semi-final including, LGBTI content.

MangoTV, which has exclusive rights to telecast the show in China, also blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

'It is with regret that we will therefore immediately be terminating our partnership with the broadcaster and they will not be permitted to broadcast the second Semi-Final or the Grand Final'.

O'Shaughnessy said he was glad the EBU stood up for diversity.

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Performers from Serbia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia and The Netherlands earned enough votes Thursday night to reach the Grand Final. But the severity of the ban is surprising given the perceived value of expanding the Eurovision brand into Asia broadly and into China specifically.

Before the contest began, Ireland had odds of 250/1 to win and was ranked in the bottom 10 of the 43 competing countries.

Free Watch Eurovision 2018 at Eurovision's official website www. "In the very start we've simply said really like would be enjoy, does not matter whether it really is among two men, two ladies, or some man and a girl", he said.

The journalist travelled to Lisbon courtesy of SBS.

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