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|ABU TV Song Festival|
Generic logo used for the ABU TV Song Festivals.
|Created by||Marcel Bezençon|
|No. of episodes||3 festivals|
|Production company(s)||Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union|
|Distributor||Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) |
|Original release||14 October 2012– present|
The ABU TV Song Festival is an annual non-competitive gala showcase of songs, based on the Eurovision Song Contest, and is organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). Participating countries which have full or additional full ABU membership are invited to submit a song to be performed in front of a live audience. The television festival which is a non-competitive, musical gala presentation, is live recorded so that each of the national broadcasters may add subtitles in their native languages.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) had already run an international song contest for its members inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985 – 1987, called the ABU Popular Song Contest, with 14 countries of the Asia-Pacific region competing. The show had a similar concept to the current radio song festival with winners being chosen by a professional jury. South Korea, New Zealand and Australia celebrated victories in this competition. In 1989 – 1991 ABU co-produced the ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in Malaysia with participation of Asia-Pacific countries, as well as Yugoslavia and Finland.
Shortly before launching the ABU Song Festival, the ABU had been considering the possibility to organize the ABU ASEAN TV Song Festival in Thailand. Historically, ASEAN song contests had been organized in periods between 1981 and 1997, however since 2011 the ASEAN Festival had been organized between local Radio stations as Bintang Radio ASEAN. The ABU outlined a plan about a "television song festival" based on the style of the Eurovision Song Contest following the cancellation of Our Sound. Kenny Kihyung Bae, chosen to the project manager, attended Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan to learn more about the contest before putting it to work.
In November 2011, the ABU announced that they would organize its own TV and Radio Song Festivals to take place in Seoul, the South Korean capital, in time with 49th General Assembly in October 2012. The name Asiavision Song Contest was initially mentioned as a possibility, but they were later officially titled ABU TV Song Festival and ABU Radio Song Festival. According to the ABU, the deadline for participation applications for ABU TV Song Festival 2012 was 18 May 2012.
The ABU TV Song Festival is a concert performance for professional musicians, who according to the organiser are well known in their country of origin. The event is not meant to be competitive. The festival will be recorded and is meant to be broadcast by participating ABU members first. Non-participating ABU members and non-ABU member broadcasters will be allowed to broadcast the festival for a fee at a later stage. Every musician will be selected by a national broadcaster being member of the ABU. The participants perform during the general assembly of the ABU.
At a press conference held on 18 July 2013 it was announced that Indonesia were submitting a bid to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2015. In recent editions, the TV Festival has been held in the host city of the ABU General Assembly, with Istanbul, Turkey playing host to such assembly in 2015. If the bid were to be successful it would be the first time that the TV Festival has taken place away from the host country of the General Assembly.
However, it was announced in August 2014 that Indonesia were making plans to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2016 instead. Turkey's début at the 2014 Festival has led to speculation that they are hosting the 2015 alongside the ABU General Assembly which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul. It was further confirmed in October 2014 that Turkey were indeed the hosts of the 2015 festival, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul sometime in October 2015.
|Country||Débutante year||Withdrawing year||Returning year||Number of entries||Wins||Broadcaster(s)|
|Afghanistan||2012||2014||2015||5||Radio Television Afghanistan, Ariana Television Network|
|Australia||2012||2015||3||Special Broadcasting Service|
|Brunei||2013||2015||3||Radio Television Brunei|
|China||2012||2015||2016||5||China Central Television, Sichuan Radio and Television|
|Hong Kong||2012||6||Television Broadcasts Limited|
|Indonesia||2012||6||Television of the Republic of Indonesia|
|Iran||2013||2014||1||Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Soroush Media Corporation|
|Japan||2012||6||Japan Broadcasting Corporation|
|Kyrgyzstan||2013||2014||1||Kyrgyz Public Broadcasting|
|Macau||2014||4||Macau Television Broadcasting|
|Malaysia||2012||2014, 2016||2015, 2017||4||Radio Television Malaysia|
|Maldives||2014||4||Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation|
|Mongolia||2012[a], 2016[b]||1||Mongolian National Broadcaster|
|Qatar||2018||Qatar Media Corporation|
|Singapore||2012||2014||2||Media Corporation of Singapore|
|South Korea||2012||6||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Sri Lanka||2012||2014, 2017||2016||3||Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation|
|Thailand||2013||2015||2||National Broadcasting Services of Thailand|
|Tunisia||2015[c], 2016||1||Arab States Broadcasting Union|
|Turkey||2014||2016||2018||2||Turkish Radio and Television Corporation|
|Zambia||2017||1||African Union of Broadcasting|
The following list of ABU members are eligible to participate in the ABU TV Song Festival, but have yet to make their début appearance.
|Year||Date||Host country||Host city||Venue||Participants|
|2012||14 October 2012||South Korea||Seoul||KBS Hall||11|
|2013||26 October 2013||Vietnam||Hanoi||Hanoi Opera House||15|
|2014||25 October 2014||Macau||Macau||Sands Theatre||12|
|2015||28 October 2015||Turkey||Istanbul||Istanbul Congress Center||12|
|2016||22 October 2016||Indonesia||Bali||Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre||12|
|2017||1 November 2017||China||Chengdu||S1 SRT Studio||14|
|2018||2 October 2018||Turkmenistan||Ashgabat||Ashgabat Olympic Stadium||16|
At the conference it has been announced that Indonesia is bidding for organization of ABU TV Song Festival in 2015 with "low cost, high impact" motto, while 2014 event will take place in Macau, China. If successful, that will mean that in 2015 event will be separated from ABU General Assembly which will take place in Istanbul.
Turkish participation in this years contest also could show that Turkey will be hosting the contest in 2015 alongside the ABU General Meeting.
Who could debut at this years contest?