“The song contest is all politics?…I would rather call it diplomacy.”
Twelve years ago Sietse Bakker opened Esctoday.com. Now he is the Events Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, involved in the organisation and running of the spectacle. Before that he was including the running of the ‘new media’ projects for the EBU, managing the communications and press of the Song Contest, and being the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2012.
Ahead of the 60th Edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna this month, ESC Insight’s Ewan Spence sat down with Bakker to talk about a professional life built around Eurovision, his increasingly responsibility for Europe’s favourite TV show, and the moment when he knew that the Eurovision bug had infected him.
Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With The Eurovision Song Contest Event Supervisor Sietse Bakker
Sietse Bakker is the Eurovision Song Contest’s Event Supervisor, but his route to that role starts at the turn of the century. Ewan catches up with him to talk through that journey in the first in-depth Insight interview of 2015.
In-Depth Insights are long-form interviews that allow us to find out much more the people who contribute to the Eurovision Song Contest, and we will be running a number of hour long podcast episodes in the run up to to the Grand Final on May 23rd!
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