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The BBC are to move their TV coverage of Eurovision to Salford, Manchester from this year.

The move means the points awarded by the UK jury will be announced by the spokesperson from a North West of England location for the first time.

The result will be announced live to the Eurovision 2022 Grand Final hosts in Italy, making Salford the new permanent production base and broadcast location for Eurovision in the UK.

Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor at the BBC said: “The North West of England is famously renowned for its unrivalled musical heritage not just in the UK but across the globe, so it is fitting that from now on the region will be part of the biggest music contest on the planet.”

Suzy Lamb, Managing Director BBC Studios Entertainment said: “We are so thrilled to continue building the expertise and skillset of our production hub in the North. It will be so exciting to welcome the global Eurovision audience to the North West with ‘Good Evening From Salford in Greater Manchester’.”

The Eurovision Song Contest returns later this year.

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