Staging and engaging with media events: A study of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

Skey, Michael, Kyriakidou, Maria, McCurdy, Patrick and Uldam, Julie (2016) Staging and engaging with media events: A study of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. International Journal of Communication, 10. pp. 3381-3399. ISSN 1932-8036

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Recent work on media events has questioned their integrative function, arguing that they operate as sites of symbolic struggle between different interest groups. However, relatively few studies have examined the experiences of those who design, organize, and attend such events. This article addresses this lacuna with reference to the biggest nonsporting live TV event in the world, the Eurovision Song Contest. Drawing on data from the 2014 competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, it examines the varying levels of commitment to the event among organizers, fans, broadcasters, and journalists and, in particular, notes how this shaped responses to a controversial incident involving the Russian entry. While those with an ongoing interest, including organizers and fans, tended to emphasize personal narratives and individual freedom of expression, mainstream media and audiences adopted a far more cynical standpoint, privileging geopolitical issues to make the event seem more relevant and compelling.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2016 (Michael Skey, Maria Kyriakidou, Patrick McCurdy, & Julie Uldam). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at
Uncontrolled Keywords: media events,eurovision song contest,fans,audiences
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:06
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:21


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