The Eurovision Song Contest team at the EBU invited Jeroen Depraetere to the last Reference Group meeting. He was appointed to manage the archiving project.
The most important parts of this massive operation, which goes hand in hand with the necessary rights clearing, is set to be completed in 2013, well before the contest's 60th anniversary in 2015.
Apart from setting up a platform to exchange content between broadcasters, it is yet to be decided if and how the footage will be made available to the public.
The first ever Eurovision Song Contest was held on the 24th of May in 1956 and was won by Lys Assia with the song Refrains. The singer surprised the whole Eurovision Song Contest community by entering the Swiss selection again this year.