Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-depth With The BBC’s Guy FreemanWritten by Ewan Spence on May 10, 2014 | 9 Comments

Of course we’re there to win… that’s got to be the aim.

Guy Freeman was man behind the United Kingdom’s last victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. As Head of Delegation he guided Katrina and the Waves through the Contest to victory at The Point in Dublin, following a run of popular songs through The Great British Song Contest.

Following a period outside of the Contest (with stints at Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, The Brit Awards, ITV Music, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert), Freeman returned to the BBC and returned to the Head of Delegation role. Rejuvenating the image of Eurovision is a slow process, but one that is already under way.

Ewan Spence sat down with him in Copenhagen to talk about his dreams of being a cameraman, his long career, the image of the Song Contest, how the team found Molly and ‘Children of the Universe‘, and why the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular and cost-effective programmes of the year.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-depth with BBC’s Guy Freeman

Guy Freeman is the new Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom. Having spent time in the world of Eurovision at the turn of the century, he has returned, found Molly, and brought respectability back for UK fans. Ewan Spence sits down to talk with him in-depth.

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (facebook.com/ewanspence).

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9 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-depth With The BBC’s Guy Freeman”

  1. “Interlocking rings, revolving and resetting themselves”: I’d say Jerusalem 1979. And the viking ship is of course 1992, Malmö. :-)

  2. Phantom Punter says:

    Absolutely brilliant interview, a really interesting insight. Top work Ewan

  3. Peter says:

    Wow, great interview! Thanks to Guy for not hiding behind the idiots Mills and Norton like his predecessor and actually talking to us fans.

    It’s great to not only hear him say all the right things about how they’ve approached things, but also actually do all the right things, so we can trust and believe he really means it. This is the first time in a large number of years that I can be a fan of a country that wants to be in the contest, and not just a regular fan of the contest, and that’s a nice feeling to have.

    Whatever happens tonight, I hope Guy and his team feel proud of what they’ve achieved, and I look forward to them bringing Eurovision to Cardiff (not London or Manchester, please!) if not 2015, then 2016 or 2017.

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  5. Ben Gray says:

    Thank you Ewan for a top notch interview.

  6. Ali says:

    Great interview, thanks!

  7. Frank/WASHDC says:

    I’ve been following the ESC as long as or possibly even longer than Mr. Freeman. It started for me while stationed in England with the US Air Force in 1971. I always wondered what kind of people were behind getting an artist up on stage in some European venue.

    I am indebted to Mr. Freeman for taking the time out to explain something that I have wondered about for yours. It looks easy, but it isn’t.

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