The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has won a Rose D’Or Award in the TV Entertainment category. The prestigious annual ceremony honours the best of international television, radio and online entertainment. The 55th edition took place in Berlin, Germany. Previously the Eurovision Song Contest won in 2011 in the Live Event category. This year over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters in 33 different countries were submitted for the awards.
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, produced by Swedish broadcaster SVT, was nominated alongside Adele at the BBC (United Kingdom) and Mordkomission Berlin (Germany). Actor John Cleese was also presented with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest said "We are standing here among the winners from all of Europe and John Cleese, winner of Award for Lifetime Achievement, and we just won the Rose D’Or, the most honourable television prize in Europe. It's magical. This prize belongs to everyone who worked with the production and made Sweden and SVT world-leading producers of the Eurovision Song Contest". Martin also thanked the EBU Members for putting their trust in SVT and allowing them to make changes to the format of the competition.
Måns Zelmerlöw, who won the contest for Sweden in 2015 and presented the 2016 contest in Stockholm, expressed his gratitude when accepting the award on behalf of SVT. "Thanks to the 750 people who worked day and night for months to make the best Eurovision ever". He also thanked his co-host Petra Mede and Edward af Sillén who wrote the script for the show.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest tweeted his congratulations:
There were six categories for television and online in 2016:
- Reality and Factual Entertainment
- Game Show
- Drama Series