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Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With Sietse Bakker Written by on May 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

“The song contest is all politics?…I would rather call it diplomacy.”

Twelve years ago Sietse Bakker opened 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.

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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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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 (

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2 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With Sietse Bakker”

  1. Andy Cam says:

    Congratulations Ewan, excellent interview. So inspiring the words of Sieste, the upcoming Jon Ola Sand?? greetings from Barcelona

  2. Philip says:

    This was one of the best in-depth podcasts I’ve listened to. Please more like these!
    Thank you

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