Eurovision 2023 not only crowned a winner with Loreen, but now also has won its own award! The International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) has announced that Eurovision 2023 is the inaugural winner of the new Changemaker Award. This is the second award for Eurovision 2023, which previously won the UNESCO City of Music Award.
What is the IBC Changemaker Award?
The IBC Changemaker Award is a new prize. It follows from the Changemakers Programme that debuted at the convention last year. Changemakers is focused on organizations and individuals that work on changing the culture of broadcasting and push creativity forward. The new award will be handed to Martin Österdahl and the European Broadcasting Union at the convention on September 17. This will be followed by a talk about Eurovision 2023. Writing about giving Eurovision the Changemaker award, the IBC say that Eurovision manages to contribute to society and culture at large while also managing to stay relevant and innovative on a huge scale. The award honours both Eurovision as a phenomenon and the production network that makes it all possible.
What is the IBC?
The IBC, or International Broadcasting Convention, is a yearly trade show. It is held in the RAI in Amsterdam and first started in 1967. It is aimed at every level of the technical side of broadcasting, from broadcasters itself to professional associations and equipment manufacturers. The convention includes showcase exhibitions, panel discussions, technical paper presentations, and more. Eurovision’s Changemaker Award is one of 5 that will be presented at the convention. The other award categories are Social Impact, Innovation, Best Technical Paper, and the International Honour for Excellence.
The story of Eurovision 2023
Although Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, due to the ongoing Russian invasion they were unable to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, the United Kingdom stepped in, as 2022’s runner-up; Liverpool hosted the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May 2023. The contest took place at the M&S Arena, with 37 countries taking part. The full production team behind the 2023 contest is listed here. The contest was a co-production between host broadcaster the BBC and last year’s winning broadcaster, Suspilne.
On behalf of the ‘That Eurovision Site’ team, we would like to congratulate the Eurovision 2023 team for achieving this feat.
News Source: International Broadcasting Convention
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