EUROVISION is one of the most famous song contests in the world watched by more than 200 million people – but do you know who created it?
We have the FULL lowdown on Marcel Bezençon…
Wikipedia Marcel Bezençon was the creator of Eurovision
Who is Marcel Bezençon?
Marcel Bezençon was born May 1 1907 in Orbe, but passed away aged 73 on February 17, 1981 in Lausanne.
He was a Swiss entrepreneur and the director of the European Broadcasting Union until 1970.
In 1955, he came up with the idea for the Eurovision Song Contest, and he based the competition on the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy.
The contest was seen as a technological experiment in live television – in those days it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network.
In 2002, the Marcel Bezençon Awards were founded by Christer Björkman and Richard Herrey.
Rex Features The show is watched by 200 million people every year
What is the EBU?
Marcel was President of the EBU.
The European Broadcasting Union is an alliance of public service media organisations, established on February 12, 1950.
The organisation is made up of 73 Members in 56 countries and 34 Associate Members from a further 20 countries.
It is best known for producing the Eurovision Song Contest.
It also hosted debates between candidates for the European Commission presidency for the 2014 parliamentary elections but is unrelated to the institution itself.
Getty – Contributor The show has featured acts like Conchita Wurst – who won Eurovision in 2014