BBC banned European flags at Eurovision event – offered Union flags instead

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Thousands of music fans sit down each year to watch countries compete in the Eurovision Song Contest – and even throw their own parties to mark the occasion. The UK has participated in the competition 62 times, with the first performance in 1957. With Britain formally leaving the EU last year, many believed it would also mean the end for the country’s long-standing part in the show.

While some Brits were actually hoping it would be the last of the extravagant and somewhat corny performances, the UK is still very much a contender in tonight’s grand final.

Nevertheless, Brexit has caused some controversy.

In 2019, the BBC banned audience members from waving EU flags at its ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ programme and offered them Union flags, instead.

Pro-EU campaigners from the group ‘EU Flag Mafia’ were present outside the Manchester studios handing out the flag of Europe ahead of the broadcast where viewers decide the UK’s song contest entrant.

However, audience members were told they would have not been able to take the flags inside or waved them during the filming of the programme.

It led to accusations of bias from pro-EU campaigners.

Others on social media were in disbelief that there would be a ban on the EU flags at an event that celebrates European music and culture.

Remain supporter Helen Bracken tweeted: ‘Come on BBC Eurovision – let the flags in!

“Stop censoring freedom of expression.

“Let’s show Eurovision audiences around Europe that we are proud Europeans!”

Madeleina Kay added: “Brexit Broadcasting Corporation strikes again.”

The BBC said it was a safety decision but admitted that alternative flags were being offered inside the venue.

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The spokesperson said: “As a safety precaution we check all personal belongings, including all flags, into studio security while ticket holders are in the studio audience, but do however supply the audience with UK flags once they are inside.”

In 2016, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) relaxed flag rules to allow national, regional and local flags of the participants during Eurovision broadcasts.

It said in a statement: “This is in addition to the flags of all UN member states, the EU flag and the rainbow flag, as stipulated in the original guidelines”.

‘The EBU also proposed a more tolerant approach to other flags as long as the audience respects the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest and do not deliberately attempt to obstruct the camera views.

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‘”This proposal was approved by the Eurovision Song Contest’s governing body, the reference group.”

The UK Eurovision entry 2021 was confirmed in March and singer James Newman will be representing the country this evening.

His song is called Embers, with James co-writing the song with Conor Blake, Danny Shah, Tom Hollings and Samuel Brennan.

He said of the track: “I wanted to write an upbeat and positive song that people could have a party to, it’s about the spark between people who love each other.”

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