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John Kennedy O'Connor

John Kennedy O'Connor has written, reported and broadcast on the subject of Eurovision for numerous media organizations. In 2005, Carlton Books published his book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, in conjunction with the EBU, initially produced in English, German, French, Swedish, Dutch and Danish editions, with a separate English publication in Australia. A Finnish version followed in 2007 as did a Russian version in 2009. The book has been updated, expanded and reprinted three times in the UK, the 2010 edition published in April 2010. The first edition of the book featured during the broadcast of the 50th anniversary contest in Kyiv during an inset with the contest hosts Maria Efrosnina and Pavlo Shylko. Since 2007, O'Connor has been the American correspondent for digital station Gaydar Radio in the UK, reporting for the Neil and Debbie Breakfast Show. During Eurovision 2009 season, he also covered live reports for the station on gay issues in Moscow, reporting in the same role from Oslo 2010. O'Connor has regularly reported on Eurovision for the TV channels Sky News, Fox News, Aljazeera, BBC World News, BBC One, ITV1 & Channel 4. On radio, he has been a guest on The Ken Bruce Show and Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 and has contributed to many other BBC Radio programmes, including BBC Radio 5 Live, The Big Toe Show, BBC Radio Scotland, numerous local BBC Radio stations (including guest spots with Nicky Campbell, Judi Spiers, Richard Bacon, Paul Henley, Ted Robbins and Liz Kershaw) and featured on the BBC World Service and local Independent Radio. In May 2010, O'Connor appeared with Justin Lee Collins on UK Channel Five's "Eurovision: A Song for Justin", advising Collins on his quest to represent a country at Eurovision 2010 and featured on the BBC's E24. In Ireland, he has guested on Key 101 FM Radio with Eurovision winners Dana and Paul Harrington, RTE1's Rattlebag, Newstalk Radio and regularly contributes to BBC Radio Ulster. In May 2009, O'Connor was the featured guest on “Russia Today's” interview TV programme, Spotlight and the Maltese TV magazine show Xarabank, all broadcast live from Moscow, Russia. In Australia, O'Connor has become a regular contributor to various ABC Radio National programmes, including regular Eurovision reports for ABC's National Breakfast Show. O'Connor's written work has been published in the United Kingdom in (amongst others) the Sunday Express, Daily Mail, Radio Times, Private Eye, Northern Woman, Metro, The News of the World and the Mail on Sunday. In the United States, he had a syndicated column originating in San Francisco, primarily published in Playlands magazine, a local guide to entertainment and has been interviewed by The Guardian, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The Houston Chronicle and other American daily papers.

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