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NBU logo 2017

Current logo of the union (2017─)

The North Broadcasting Union, often referred as NBU is a union of broadcasters from fifty five different countries across Europe, North Africa and the Caucasus Area with its headquarters located in Stockholm, Sweden. Every country that is member of the NBU, is allowed to take part in the North Vision Song Contest. There are a few nations which have tried to join the NBU with some of them being accepted and some of them being declined. In addition to the full members of the organization, there are countries which were accepted as associate members; these members are allowed to broadcast NBU's competitions.

History

The North Broadcasting Union was formed in March 2013 by the Hungarian broadcaster. The first production of the union was the North Vision Song Contest which started in March 2013, the same month as the union's formation. The union had forty-three members during the first edition of the contest and currently, there are sixty-nine members including fourteen associate members.

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NBU Logo 2013─2014
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NBU Logo 2014─2015
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NBU Logo 2015─2017

The logo of the NBU has been changed four times in total. The first logo consisted of simple block letters in three different shades of blue and was changed after the fourth edition of the contest. The second logo consisted of the block letters and a colourful spiral in the background.

The logo was changed again in October 2014 and was used until April 2015. The third version of the logo featured the name with letters in dark blue and black shades surrounded by circular shapes of different colors. The full name of the union was also featured below the shape.

The fourth change came in late April 2015. The logo now featured just the abbreviation and the full name of the union. Both were written in aqua letters with a line in the middle separating the two.

The logo was changed again in May 2017; the new logo was revealed along with the intro of the union. The logo had similar concept with the previous one. The abbreviation of the union was written big letters in shades of blue, while the full name was written below in a smaller font.

Members

See also: Heads of Delegations

Active members

There are currently 55 active members of the North Broadcasting Union. The newest member of the NBU is Egypt, who joined the union in December 2015. Among the current council members, Sweden and Denmark were in the first official council formed during the fifth edition of the North Vision Song Contest while Azerbaijan, the Faroe Islands, FinlandKazakhstan and Norway joined during later editions.

Color key
     Council member
     Current host
Country Broadcasting organization Abbr. HoD Edition
Flag of Albania Albania Radio Televizioni Shqiptar RTSH George J. #18
Algeria Algeria Canal Algérie ENTV Mihai #08
Flag of Andorra Andorra Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra RTVA Adrià #01
Flag of Armenia Armenia Armenian Radio-Television AMRTV Aless #15
Austria Austria Austrian Broadcasting ORF Julian #01
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Azerbaijani Television AzTV Jessica #02
Flag of Belarus Belarus Belarusian Television and Radio Company BTRC Torbjørn #01
Flag of Belgium Belgium Flemish Radio- and Television Network VRT Jentine #01
Radio and Television of Belgian French RTBF
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Radiotelevision of Bosnia & Herzegovina BHRT Lazar #01
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian National Television BNT N/A #02
Flag of Croatia Croatia Croatian Radiotelevision HRT James #01
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation RIK / CyBC Apostolis #01
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Television ČT Santeri #01
Denmark Denmark Denmark's Radio DR Dimitris #01
Flag of Egypt Egypt Egyptian Radio and Television Union ERTU Manos #18
Flag of Estonia Estonia Eesti Rahvusringhääling ERR Bogdan #01
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Kringvarp Føroya KVF Daniel #09
Flag of Finland Finland Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE Mark #01
Flag of France France France Télévisions GRF Dmitry #01
Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Macedonian Radio-Television MRT Ilias #01
Flag of Georgia Georgia Georgian Public Broadcaster GPB Michal #01
Flag of Germany Germany North German Broadcasting NDR Florian #01
Flag of Greece Greece Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation ERT Alex (GR) #0105
#16
Flag of Hungary Hungary TV2 Gery #17
Iceland Iceland Ríkisútvarpið Sjónvarp RÚV Dylan #01
Flag of Ireland Ireland Raidió Teilifís Éireann RTÉ Nick (US) #01
Flag of Israel Israel Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation IPBC Fabbi #22
Flag of Italy Italy Italian Radio-Television RAI William #01
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan National Television of Kazakhstan NTK Kevin #07
Flag of Latvia Latvia Latvijas Televīzija LTV Selvin #01
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation LBC Luiri #05
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television 1FLTV Bronson #03
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Lithuanian National Radio and Television LRT Rethnas #01
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg CLT Multi Media RTL Tom (CA) #01
Flag of Malta Malta Public Broadcasting Services PBS Viktoras #02
Flag of Moldova Moldova Teleradio-Moldova TRM Dennis #04
Flag of Monaco Monaco TMC Monte Carlo TMC Maaian #01
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Radio Television of Montenegro RTCG Max (PL) #01
Flag of Morocco Morocco La deuxième Télévision 2M TV Andreas #20
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Public Broadcasting AVROTROS Matt #01
Flag of Norway Norway Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK Vaios #01
Flag of Poland Poland Polish Television TVP Mateusz #01
Flag of Portugal Portugal Radio and Television of Portugal RTP Janek #01
Flag of Romania Romania Televiziunea Română TVR Domantas #01
Flag of Russia Russia Channel One Russia C1R Alexander #01
Rossijskoe Teleradio RTR #22
Flag of San Marino San Marino Radio-Television of San Marino SMRTV Ivan #01
Flag of Serbia Serbia Radio Television of Serbia RTS Marko #01
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Jednotka Logan #02
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Radio-Television Slovenia RTVSLO Anes #02
Flag of Spain Spain Spanish Television TVE Christian (NO) #04
Telecinco #19
Flag of Sweden Sweden Sveriges Television SVT Jan #01
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR Christian (AT) #01
Flag of Turkey Turkey Turkish North Vision TNV Kerem #07
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine National Television Company of Ukraine NTU Anton #06
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom British Broadcasting Corporation BBC Robert #01

Past active members

Country Broadcasting organization Abbr. From To
Flag of Albania Albania Klan Television Klan TV #01 #17
Flag of Armenia Armenia Public Television of Armenia ARMTV #02 #14
Flag of Greece Greece New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television NERIT #05 #15
Flag of Hungary Hungary Hungarian Television MT #01 #14
Hungarian Radio Duna Televízió #15 #16
Flag of Israel Israel Israel Broadcasting Authority IBA #02 #21
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kommercheskiy Televizionyy Kanal KTK #05 #06
Flag of Moldova Moldova Moldova Television MLTV #02 #03
Flag of Morocco Morocco Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision SNRT #01 #19
Flag of Spain Spain Radio y Televisión Española RTVE #01 #03
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Nessma TV #08 #16
Flag of Turkey Turkey Turkish Radio and Television Corporation TRT #01 #05
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine One Plus One 1+1 #01 #05

Associate members

NBU Associate Members

Countries with Associate NBU Membership.

Any group or organisation member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which provide a radio or television service outside of the North Broadcasting Area, are permitted to submit applications to the NBU for Associate Membership. Countries which have this status also pay an annual fee to maintain this status, if a fee is not paid, then their Associate Membership is revoked. The NBU also stated that Associate Members are not granted access into the Northvision system. However, for the twentieth anniversary edition, it was decided that one of the associate members would be allowed to take part in the final of the edition. The country was selected through the Associate Broadcasters Final in which all the associate members were able to send their entries. Due to their top 6 result, Hong Kong was allowed to compete for one more edition.

The list of Associate Members of NBU, comprised the following 38 broadcasting companies from 32 countries as of July 2017. Tajikistan was the last member to join in July 2017. 

Country Broadcasting organisation Abbr. HoD
Flag of Argentina Argentina Televisión Pública TVP Blandine
Flag of Australia Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC DutchAussie
FreeTV Australia Free
SBS Australia SBS
Flag of Barbados Barbados CBC TV 8 Ashley
Flag of Brazil Brazil Fundação Padre Anchieta FPA Ealex
Flag of Canada Canada Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Societé Radio Canada) CBC/SRC Jordie
Flag of Chile Chile Telecanal Tufkai
Flag of China China China Central Television CCTV N/A
Flag of Colombia Colombia Canal Uno Canal 1 Luca
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador Ecuavisa Damarman
Flag of Ghana Ghana Ghana Today Television GTV Starvisionboy
Flag of Guatemala Guatemala VEA Canal Hayleyb
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Radio Television Hong Kong RTHK Lefteris
Flag of India India Star Plus Llemian
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia Televisi Republik Indonesia TVRI N/A
Flag of Jamaica Jamaica Television Jamaica TVJ Francisco
Flag of Japan Japan Fuji Television JOCX Alex (BG)
Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK
Flag of Jordan Jordan Jordan Radio and Television Corporation JRTV Alexandru
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia Radio Televisyen Malaysia RTM Rytis
Flag of Mexico Mexico Televisa Theo
Flag of Mongolia Mongolia Mongolian National Broadcaster MNB CJ
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Radio New Zealand RNZ
Television New Zealand TVNZ Jonas
Flag of Philippines Philippines Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network ABS-CBN Alex (UK)
Flag of Singapore Singapore MediaCorp Meowthed
Flag of South Africa South Africa South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC Niklas
Flag of South Korea South Korea Korean Broadcasting System KBS James
Flag of Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Broadcasting System TBS Callum
Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan Televidenye Tajikistana TVT Vaggelis
Flag of Thailand Thailand National Broadcasting Services of Thailand NBT Liza
Flag of United States United States American Broadcasting Company ABC Jens
CBS Broadcasting Inc. CBS
National Broadcasting Company NBC
Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan MTRK La Conchi ESC
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Venevision Marco Antonio
Flag of Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam Television VTV Maxim

Unsuccessful applicants

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. These countries include Greenland, IranKosovo and also countries that were later approved to join the NBU such as Algeria, the Faroe Islands and Tunisia. For broadcasters to participate, they must be member of the NBU and register their intention to compete before the deadline specified in the rules of that edition.

Council

The NBU Council is a congress of the heads of delegations of different countries of the North Broadcasting Union to discuss each edition's planning, to accept entries of the participating countries and to discuss general rules and standards of the North Vision Song Contest. It was first formed officially during the fourth edition by the Swedish and the Hungarian heads of delegation.

Members

This list shows the current and former permanent or temporary members of the NBU council. Head members are written in bold. The council has currently seven permanent members and one temporary member, traditionally the winning Head of Delegation of the previous edition.

Permanent members
  • Flag of France Blandine Bardera (June 2016–present)
  • Flag of Germany Daniel Lengfeld (September 2013–present)
  • Flag of Cyprus Dimitris Ioannou (May–June 2013; September 2013–present)
  • Flag of United States James Davenport (March 2013–January 2014)
  • Flag of Germany Jan Simonis (July 2013–present)
  • Flag of United Kingdom Jessica Weaver (April 2014–present)
  • Flag of Estonia Mark Alexander (April–June 2015; August 2015–present)
  • Flag of Estonia Rick Saaltud (September 2013–August 2014; October 2014–January 2017)
  • Flag of Greece Vaios Koravos (June 2014–September 2016)
Temporary members
  • Flag of Ireland Dylan Griffin (January–August 2017)
  • Flag of Finland Santeri Helakallio (September 2016–January 2017)
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Anes Ramic (July–September 2016)
  • Flag of Ireland William Cahill (April–July 2016)
  • Flag of Norway Jentine Grethe (January–April 2016)
  • Flag of Austria Christian Wohlmuth (June–July 2013; November 2015–January 2016)
  • Flag of Romania Mate Cristian (February–April 2015; August–November 2015)
  • Flag of Philippines Liev Artovsky (October–December 2014)
  • Flag of Serbia Lazar Padjan (April–June 2014)
  • Flag of United Kingdom Robert Heslop (January–April 2014)
  • Flag of United States Selvin Reyes (November 2013–January 2014)
Timeline

* The council officially existed since the fourth edition but the head member co-operated with other "unofficial" members as the council for the second and third editions.

NBU Competitions

The NBU holds contests where only its members can participate.

North Vision Song Contest

The North Vision Song Contest, often shortened NVSC, or NorthVision, is a song contest on Youtube held among the members of the North Broadcasting Union since March 2013 and is inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest. The current and official NVSC executive supervisor is Jan Simonis.

Junior North Vision Song Contest

The Junior North Vision Song Contest, often shortened JNVSC, or Junior North Vision, is a song contest on Youtube held among the members of the North Broadcasting Union since July 2013 and is inspired by the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is the junior pendant for the North Vision Song Contest.

Nordisk Melodi Grand Prix

The Nordisk Melodi Grand Prix (also known as Nordisk MGP) is an annual music competition organised by the Nordic countries of the North Broadcasting Union.

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