Kårnis, Ekoese – According to early and unconfirmed reports from sources, the STE are reportedly debating whether or not to renew the contract to broadcast the WorldVision Song Contest. The current contract, which has seen the country participate in over 17 editions of the contest, will be up for renewal after the 50th WorldVision Song Contest.
Sources state “While the STE is aware that the contest has great relevance and ratings within the country, the broadcaster are looking for newer ways in which to invest in entertainment programming within the borders, as opposed to from an international contest.” Debates are said to be going on within the boardrooms of the STE HQ’s in central Carnise and decision is pending.
Should the STE choose not to renew the broadcasting rights, it is unsure if any of the other major Ekozian television stations will pick up to rights; Ønavaliekkes televisie (ØT) are ‘would-be’ favourites to pick up the rights as they previously held broadcasting rights for the World Hit Festival, which interestingly, the STE now has rights for, however a spokesperson for ØT stated “ØT has no immediate interest in broadcasting the WorldVision Song Contest.”
According to an early online poll, a total of 63 per cent of the voters wanted the STE to continue broadcasting the contest, as opposed to 37 per cent wanting the country to exit from the contest outright. The STE is, of course, yet to confirm whether or not these rumours are false or not, however, for Ekozian WorldVision fans, a lot of uncertainty remains.