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.
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.
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.
- See also: Heads of Delegations
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, Finland, Kazakhstan and Norway joined during later editions.
- Color key
- Council member
- Current host
|Albania||Radio Televizioni Shqiptar||RTSH||George J.||#18|
|Andorra||Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra||RTVA||Adrià||#01|
|Belarus||Belarusian Television and Radio Company||BTRC||Torbjørn||#01|
|Belgium||Flemish Radio- and Television Network||VRT||Jentine||#01|
|Radio and Television of Belgian French||RTBF|
|Bosnia-Herzegovina||Radiotelevision of Bosnia & Herzegovina||BHRT||Lazar||#01|
|Bulgaria||Bulgarian National Television||BNT||N/A||#02|
|Cyprus||Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation||RIK / CyBC||Apostolis||#01|
|Czech Republic||Czech Television||ČT||Santeri||#01|
|Egypt||Egyptian Radio and Television Union||ERTU||Manos||#18|
|Faroe Islands||Kringvarp Føroya||KVF||Daniel||#09|
|Finland||Finnish Broadcasting Corporation||YLE||Mark||#01|
|FYR Macedonia||Macedonian Radio-Television||MRT||Ilias||#01|
|Georgia||Georgian Public Broadcaster||GPB||Michal||#01|
|Germany||North German Broadcasting||NDR||Florian||#01|
|Greece||Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation||ERT||Alex (GR)|| #01–05|
|Ireland||Raidió Teilifís Éireann||RTÉ||Nick (US)||#01|
|Israel||Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation||IPBC||Fabbi||#22|
|Kazakhstan||National Television of Kazakhstan||NTK||Kevin||#07|
|Lebanon||Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation||LBC||Luiri||#05|
|Liechtenstein||1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television||1FLTV||Bronson||#03|
|Lithuania||Lithuanian National Radio and Television||LRT||Rethnas||#01|
|Luxembourg||CLT Multi Media||RTL||Tom (CA)||#01|
|Malta||Public Broadcasting Services||PBS||Viktoras||#02|
|Monaco||TMC Monte Carlo||TMC||Maaian||#01|
|Montenegro||Radio Television of Montenegro||RTCG||Max (PL)||#01|
|Morocco||La deuxième Télévision||2M TV||Andreas||#20|
|Netherlands||Netherlands Public Broadcasting||AVROTROS||Matt||#01|
|Norway||Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation||NRK||Vaios||#01|
|Portugal||Radio and Television of Portugal||RTP||Janek||#01|
|Russia||Channel One Russia||C1R||Alexander||#01|
|San Marino||Radio-Television of San Marino||SMRTV||Ivan||#01|
|Serbia||Radio Television of Serbia||RTS||Marko||#01|
|Spain||Spanish Television||TVE||Christian (NO)||#04|
|Switzerland||Swiss Broadcasting Corporation||SRG SSR||Christian (AT)||#01|
|Turkey||Turkish North Vision||TNV||Kerem||#07|
|Ukraine||National Television Company of Ukraine||NTU||Anton||#06|
|United Kingdom||British Broadcasting Corporation||BBC||Robert||#01|
Past active members
|Albania||Klan Television||Klan TV||#01||#17|
|Armenia||Public Television of Armenia||ARMTV||#02||#14|
|Greece||New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television||NERIT||#05||#15|
|Hungarian Radio||Duna Televízió||#15||#16|
|Israel||Israel Broadcasting Authority||IBA||#02||#21|
|Kazakhstan||Kommercheskiy Televizionyy Kanal||KTK||#05||#06|
|Morocco||Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision||SNRT||#01||#19|
|Spain||Radio y Televisión Española||RTVE||#01||#03|
|Turkey||Turkish Radio and Television Corporation||TRT||#01||#05|
|Ukraine||One Plus One||1+1||#01||#05|
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.
|Australia||Australian Broadcasting Corporation||ABC||DutchAussie|
|Barbados||CBC TV 8||—||Ashley|
|Brazil||Fundação Padre Anchieta||FPA||Ealex|
|Canada||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Societé Radio Canada)||CBC/SRC||Jordie|
|China||China Central Television||CCTV||N/A|
|Colombia||Canal Uno||Canal 1||Luca|
|Ghana||Ghana Today Television||GTV||Starvisionboy|
|Hong Kong||Radio Television Hong Kong||RTHK||Lefteris|
|Indonesia||Televisi Republik Indonesia||TVRI||N/A|
|Japan||Fuji Television||JOCX||Alex (BG)|
|Japan Broadcasting Corporation||NHK|
|Jordan||Jordan Radio and Television Corporation||JRTV||Alexandru|
|Malaysia||Radio Televisyen Malaysia||RTM||Rytis|
|Mongolia||Mongolian National Broadcaster||MNB||CJ|
|New Zealand||Radio New Zealand||RNZ||—|
|Television New Zealand||TVNZ||Jonas|
|Philippines||Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network||ABS-CBN||Alex (UK)|
|South Africa||South African Broadcasting Corporation||SABC||Niklas|
|South Korea||Korean Broadcasting System||KBS||James|
|Taiwan||Taiwan Broadcasting System||TBS||Callum|
|Thailand||National Broadcasting Services of Thailand||NBT||Liza|
|United States||American Broadcasting Company||ABC||Jens|
|CBS Broadcasting Inc.||CBS|
|National Broadcasting Company||NBC|
|Uzbekistan||National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan||MTRK||La Conchi ESC|
There have been several unsuccessful attempts to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. These countries include Greenland, Iran, Kosovo 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.
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.
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
- Blandine Bardera (June 2016–present)
- Daniel Lengfeld (September 2013–present)
- Dimitris Ioannou (May–June 2013; September 2013–present)
- James Davenport (March 2013–January 2014)
- Jan Simonis (July 2013–present)
- Jessica Weaver (April 2014–present)
- Mark Alexander (April–June 2015; August 2015–present)
- Rick Saaltud (September 2013–August 2014; October 2014–January 2017)
- Vaios Koravos (June 2014–September 2016)
- Temporary members
- Dylan Griffin (January–August 2017)
- Santeri Helakallio (September 2016–January 2017)
- Anes Ramic (July–September 2016)
- William Cahill (April–July 2016)
- Jentine Grethe (January–April 2016)
- Christian Wohlmuth (June–July 2013; November 2015–January 2016)
- Mate Cristian (February–April 2015; August–November 2015)
- Liev Artovsky (October–December 2014)
- Lazar Padjan (April–June 2014)
- Robert Heslop (January–April 2014)
- Selvin Reyes (November 2013–January 2014)
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.