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Marcel Bezençon (1 May 1907 – 17 February 1981) was a Swiss entrepreneur and the director of the European Broadcasting Union until 1970.[1][2] In 1955, he conceived the idea of the Eurovision Song Contest, based on the famous Sanremo Music Festival.[3]

Marcel Bezençon
Eurovisie Songfestival 1980 ( Den Haag ) winnaar Johnny Logan krijgt prijs, Bestanddeelnr 930-7807.jpg
Bezençon (right) congratulates Johnny Logan after winning the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest
President of the European Broadcasting Union
In office
1955–1970
Personal details
Born
Marcel Bezençon

(1907-05-01)1 May 1907
Orbe, Switzerland
Died17 February 1981(1981-02-17) (aged 73)
Lausanne, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss

In 2002, the Marcel Bezençon Awards were founded by Christer Björkman (Melodifestivalen winner and Swedish ESC participant in 1992) and Richard Herrey (Swedish ESC winner in 1984).[4][5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ EBU award Retrieved 13 November 2016
  2. ^ "A diamond day for the Eurovision Song Contest". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Allt är ditt fel Marcel!". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Israeli grand slam in the Marcel Bezençon Awards". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Här är vinnarna av Marcel Bezençon 2015". Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ Sweden, Sveriges Television AB, Stockholm,. "De prisades redan innan Eurovision Song Contest 2016 – vann Marcel Bezençon Award". Retrieved 13 November 2016.