Junior Eurovision returns to Malta for 2016 edition!
After winning the 2015 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year in Bulgaria, the EBU has awarded this year’s hosting rights to Malta.
The small island nation hosted the contest just two years ago, in 2014.
From nighttime to daytime
Malta’s capital Valletta will host the event in several locations around the city. The biggest change coming this year is a timeslot change. Several EBU members felt the nighttime airing was not suitable for children and families, so this year, the contest will air in the afternoon on Sunday, November 20.
Jon Ola Sand and Anton Attard to run the show
Another change comes after the shake-up of the Junior Eurovision team. Following Vladislav Yakolev’s rather controversial exit, Jon Ola Sand is now the Executive Supervisor, a position he also holds with the regular Eurovision Song Contest.
Anton Attard of Malta’s PBS will once again be the Executive Producer of the show. “Within PBS we have tried to challenge every aspect of Junior Eurovision, based on our experience of hosting in 2014. We can again promise a high-quality production, together with some new additions to the format, as well as our Maltese hospitality to everyone who joins us in Malta this November,” he said to Eurovision.tv.
More details will follow when the EBU and PBS hosts a press conference in Stockholm during the Eurovision Song Contest.