EBU & OGAE
Geneva/Athens, 6 May 2010
Dear Eurovision Song Contest fans,
In just a couple of weeks, many of you will be heading to Oslo for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest, to share yet another running of your favourite TV-show with each other. The EBU and the OGAE International Coordinator are working increasingly together to improve relations and communications between the OGAE network and the EBU. With this letter, we would like to inform you what we have done so far, and what we are planning to do in the future.
First of all, the EBU worked closely with NRK to make sure that once again, the best seats are reserved for the most dedicated fans. Also, we assured a good spot for the Fan Club Desk at the Press Centre, from where the OGAE network has the opportunity to promote itself, hold the traditional poll, and provide journalists with information about the Eurovision Song Contest. OGAE will, once again, also contribute to the success of the EuroClub in Oslo. To make this all work, the close cooperation between NRK and OGAE Norway has been vital. From here we'd like to congratulate OGAE Norway in particular, and thank them for their hard work and commitment.
Again, the EBU and Member Broadcasters have issued hundreds of fan accreditations (F) to the most dedicated fans of the contest. For the EBU and its Member Broadcasters, it is a way of thanking you for your efforts to promote the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the year. The EBU also gave out dozens of press accreditations (P) to those fans who work hard on fan websites and magazines. This event is unique as it brings together media professionals and dedicated fans, to create a fantastic atmosphere year after year. We value this atmosphere, and we are together looking for new ways to make sure that everyone goes home satisfied, looking back at another great running of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Also, for the first time, the EBU invited all participating delegations to hold a complementary fan meet-and-greet. You can download the schedule at http://press.eurovision.tv, to see which delegations took this opportunity. Together, we hope to establish a valuable, fun and increasingly popular meet-and-greet opportunity for you as fans in the years to come.
Over the past years, OGAE has become more professional, as member cards have been introduced, OGAE International is becoming a registered organisation and the EuroCafë was introduced. The EBU will support OGAE to promote the EuroCafé this year, as the ultimate meet-and-greet location for fans.
Thank you for your commitment to the Eurovision Song Contest and the OGAE network. Finally, we would like to encourage you to share your ideas with us, to improve cooperation between the OGAE network and the EBU. Looking forward to see in Oslo to Share The Moment. And for those who have tickets for the Final: Go to http://www.eurovisiondance.com/ and learn that dance! We might just invite you to dance along during the show!
Sietse Bakker (firstname.lastname@example.org) Manager Communications & PR of the Eurovision Song Contest
Antonios Karatzikos (email@example.com) OGAE International Coordinator