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.


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.

NBU Logo 2013─2014
NBU Logo 2014─2015
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.


See also: Heads of Delegations

Active members

The North Broadcasting Union has currently 58 active broadcasters from 55 different countries. The newest member of the NBU is Australia, who joined the union in January 2020. Among the current council members, Sweden and Denmark were in the first official council formed during the 5th edition of the North Vision Song Contest.

Color key
     Council member
     Current host
Country Broadcasting organization Abbr. HoD Edition
Flag of Albania Albania Radio Televizioni Shqiptar RTSH Ilias #01#04
Algeria Algeria Canal Algérie ENTV Ste #08
Flag of Andorra Andorra Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra RTVA Adrià #01
Flag of Armenia Armenia Armenian Radio-Television AMRTV Pam #15
Flag of Australia Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC Maaian #31
FreeTV Australia Free
SBS Australia SBS
Austria Austria Austrian Broadcasting ORF Dennis #01
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Azerbaijani Television AzTV Domas #02
Flag of Belarus Belarus Belarusian Television and Radio Company BTRC Toby #01
Flag of Belgium Belgium Flemish Radio- and Television Network VRT Michał #01
Radio and Television of Belgian French RTBF
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Radiotelevision of Bosnia & Herzegovina BHRT Alexandru #01
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian National Television BNT Gregory #02
Flag of Croatia Croatia Croatian Radiotelevision HRT James #01
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation RIK / CyBC Adamantios #01
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Television ČT Levi #01
Flag of Denmark Denmark Denmark's Radio DR Dimitris #01
Flag of Estonia Estonia Eesti Rahvusringhääling ERR Luca #01
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Kringvarp Føroya KVF Daniel #09
Flag of Finland Finland Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE Santeri #01
Flag of France France France Télévisions GRF Jens #01
Flag of Georgia Georgia Georgian Public Broadcaster GPB Vukasin #01
Flag of Germany Germany West German Broadcasting WDR Julian #27
Flag of Greece Greece Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation ERT George #0105
Flag of Hungary Hungary TV2 Gery #17
Iceland Iceland Ríkisútvarpið Sjónvarp RÚV Dylan #01
Flag of Ireland Ireland Raidió Teilifís Éireann RTÉ Mihai #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 Gakku TV Ivo #34
Flag of Latvia Latvia Latvijas Televīzija LTV Luiri #01
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation LBC Shaun (UK) #05
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Lithuanian National Radio and Television LRT Rytis #01
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg CLT Multi Media RTL Tom (CA) #01
Flag of Malta Malta Public Broadcasting Services PBS Antony #02
Flag of Moldova Moldova Teleradio-Moldova TRM Rethnas #04
Flag of Monaco Monaco TMC Monte Carlo TMC Alex (UK) #01
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Radio Television of Montenegro RTCG Rudis #01
Flag of Morocco Morocco La deuxième Télévision 2M TV Kostas #20
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Public Broadcasting AVROTROS Matt #01
Flag of Macedonia North Macedonia Macedonian Radio-Television MRT Josh #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 Aless #01
Flag of Romania Romania Televiziunea Română TVR Seb #01
Flag of Russia Russia Channel One Russia C1R Alex (NL) #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 Niall #01
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska RTVS Maxim #26
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Radio-Television Slovenia RTVSLO Anes #02
Flag of Spain Spain Spanish Television TVE Alper #04
Telecinco #19
Flag of Sweden Sweden Sveriges Television SVT Jan #01
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR Andreas #01
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia Télévision Tunisienne 1 TT1 Callum #28
Flag of Turkey Turkey Turkish North Vision TNV Edoardo #29
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine National Television Company of Ukraine NTU Anton #06
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom British Broadcasting Corporation BBC Kevin #01

Past active members

Country Broadcasting organization Abbr. From To
Flag of Albania Albania Klan Television Klan TV #04 #17
Flag of Armenia Armenia Public Television of Armenia ARMTV #02 #14
Flag of Egypt Egypt Egyptian Radio and Television Union ERTU #18 #30
Flag of Germany Germany North German Broadcasting NDR #01 #26
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
National Television of Kazakhstan NTK #07 #33
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television 1FLTV #03 #27
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 Slovakia Slovakia Jednotka #02 #26
Flag of Spain Spain Radio y Televisión Española RTVE #01 #03
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia NessmaTV - #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 44 broadcasting companies from 38 countries as of November 2019. CubaIranMali, Tonga and Uzbekistan were the last members to join in late 2019. 

Country Broadcasting organisation Abbr. HoD
Flag of Argentina Argentina Televisión Pública TVP Blandine
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 Lefteris
Flag of Chile Chile Telecanal Joseph
Flag of China China China Central Television CCTV Agni
Flag of Colombia Colombia Canal Uno Canal 1 Josiah
Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica Teletica Arguello
Flag of Cuba Cuba Cubavisión Alex Memphis
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador Ecuavisa N/A
Flag of Fiji Fiji Fiji Television FTV Felix
Flag of Ghana Ghana Ghana Today Television GTV Starvisionboy
Flag of Guatemala Guatemala VEA Canal N/A
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Radio Television Hong Kong RTHK Basil
Flag of India India Star Plus Jure
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia Televisi Republik Indonesia TVRI Syr
Flag of Iran Iran Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting IRIB Jacob
Flag of Jamaica Jamaica Television Jamaica TVJ Francisco
Flag of Japan Japan Fuji Television JOCX N/A
Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK
Flag of Jordan Jordan Jordan Radio and Television Corporation JRTV N/A
Flag of Kenya Kenya Kenya Broadcasting Corporation KBC N/A
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia Radio Televisyen Malaysia RTM Martin
Flag of Mali Mali Office De la Radiodiffusion Télévision du Mali ORTM Valensyah
Flag of Mexico Mexico Televisa Hayleyb
Flag of Mongolia Mongolia Mongolian National Broadcaster MNB N/A
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Radio New Zealand RNZ Chante
Television New Zealand TVNZ
Flag of Peru Peru TV Perú TVPE Marcos
Flag of Philippines Philippines Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network ABS-CBN CJ (nvscfanph)
Flag of Singapore Singapore MediaCorp Tristan
Flag of South Africa South Africa South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC Fatih
Flag of South Korea South Korea Korean Broadcasting System KBS James (UK)
Flag of Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Broadcasting System TBS Shaun
Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan Televidenye Tajikistana TVT N/A
Flag of Thailand Thailand National Broadcasting Services of Thailand NBT Kinoshita
Flag of Tonga Tonga Tonga Broadcasting Commission TBC Oisin
Flag of United States United States American Broadcasting Company ABC Jakub
CBS Broadcasting Inc. CBS
National Broadcasting Company NBC
Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan MTRK iseendale
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Venevision Jmain
Flag of Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam Television VTV Robbie

Unsuccessful applicants

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. These countries include GreenlandKosovo 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 nine permanent members.

Permanent members

Current members
  • Flag of Catalonia Adrià Puigdemont (October 2020–present)
  • Flag of United Kingdom Alex Kiev (August 2018–present)
  • Flag of Turkey Alper Sametoğlu (February 2019–present)
  • Flag of Cyprus Dimitris Ioannou (May–June 2013; September 2013–present)
  • Flag of Germany Jan Simonis (July 2013–present)
  • Flag of Netherlands Jens Rijnen (November 2017–present)
  • Flag of United States Josiah Nathan (November 2019–present)
  • Flag of Germany Kevin Kern (November 2019–present)
  • Flag of Israel Maxim Raevsky (September 2020-present)
  • Flag of Poland Michał Piechota (April 2020–present)
Former members
  • Flag of Cyprus Andreas Cyprus (April 2018–September 2020)
  • Flag of France Blandine Bardera (June 2016–August 2018)
  • Flag of Germany Daniel Lengfeld (September 2013–February 2019)
  • Flag of Austria Dennis Sinn (November 2017–April 2020)
  • Flag of United States James Davenport (March 2013–January 2014)
  • Flag of United Kingdom Jessica Weaver (April 2014–August 2018)
  • Flag of Estonia Marika Alexander (April–June 2015; August 2015–December 2018)
  • Flag of Estonia Rick Saaltud (September 2013–August 2014; October 2014–January 2017)
  • Flag of Greece Vaios Koravos (June 2014–September 2016; January-April 2020)

Temporary members

  • Flag of Serbia Vukašin Đokić (June-September 2020)
  • Flag of Canada Tom Kloser (April-June 2020)
  • Flag of Moldova Mihai Ghetiu (July-October 2019)
  • Flag of Germany Anton Gomer (December 2018–March 2019)
  • Flag of United Kingdom Matt Harrod (August–December 2018)
  • Flag of Germany Julian Uhlhaas (November 2017–April 2018)
  • Flag of Ireland Dylan Griffin (January–August 2017)
  • Flag of Finland Santeri Helakallio (September 2016–January 2017)
  • Flag of Sweden 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)

* 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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