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EBU brings its New Year’s Concert to India, Asia, Latin America & Oceania

On 1 January 2013, Eurovision and Euroradio once again provided broadcasts around the world of Europe’s best-loved annual classical music spectacular – the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Concert.

Since 2009 the European Broadcasting Union has delivered the high point of the live classical music calendar to more than 40 countries under a concert package with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO). The current EBU-VPO agreement for the media rights of the three of concerts in the package runs until 2017.

Countries further afield have also broadcast the New Year’s Concert for the first time, including Cuba, Panama, India and South Africa, as well as Bhutan, Samoa and Tonga, raising the total number of countries airing the event to 80.

Taking place at Vienna’s Musikverein Concert Hall, the concert is produced by Austrian public broadcaster ORF. It was recorded in both Standard and High Definition and distributed globally on the EBU’s EUROVISION and EURORADIO satellite and fibre networks. Broadcasters were also able to live stream the concert on their websites.

EBU Media Director Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser said: “The event’s host broadcaster, ORF, is providing a high-quality classical concert that EUROVISION and EURORADIO will deliver to Europe and far beyond. This is the best of cultural public service media programming for audiences.”