Tom Morley (2003) and Cory Spedding (2004) sang both for the peace in the world and Joni Fuller (2005) described her feelings. The UK holds the third highest number of total points: 140 points in 2004.
In 2003, the contest was broadcast on the main channel ITV, relegating it to ITV2 for the next two years due to bad viewing figures, before their complete withdrawal in 2006.
The 2004 contest originally should have been organised by ITV in Manchester. ITV then announced in May 2004 that due to financial and scheduling reasons, the contest would not take place in the United Kingdom after all. It is also thought that another factor to their decision was the previous years' audience ratings for ITV which were below the expected amount.
The Welsh broadcaster Sianel Pedwar Cymru (S4C) had shown interest in participating for the UK in 2008, hoping to share the Welsh language with a wider audience. The contest would therefore be a bilingual broadcast that would be broadcast in Wales on analogue, and on S4C Digidol in the rest of the UK. In the end, S4C chose not to broadcast the contest. The United Kingdom thought of returning to the contest in 2010, with the BBC instead of ITV, but decided against it.
On 21 November 2013, it was revealed that Edinburgh-based 98.8 Castle FM (a non EBU member) would broadcast the 2013 contest live to listeners in Scotland. The broadcasting rights had been offered by the EBU, to its members. But when no-one in the UK took up the offer, Castle FM – previously known as Leith FM – moved in.
It was announced on 16 October 2014 that the 2014 contest will be broadcast on a radio station across the United Kingdom. Five local radio stations will broadcast the contest, one in England (103 The Eye, delayed) and Wales (Oystermouth Radio), and three in Scotland (K107 in Kircaldy, Radio Six International in Glasgow and Shore Radio in Edinburgh).