Marcel Bezençon

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Marcel Bezençon
Eurovision Song Contest 1980 - Johnny Logan 3.jpg
Bezençon (right) congratulates Johnny Logan after winning the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest
Born Marcel Bezençon
(1907-05-01)1 May 1907
Orbe, Switzerland
Died 17 February 1981(1981-02-17) (aged 73)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Occupation President of the European Broadcasting Union (1955–1970)

Marcel Bezençon (1 May 1907, Orbe — 17 February 1981, Lausanne) 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 Festival.[3]

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]

References[edit]

  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.