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German comic plans Olympic ski experience


Eurovision News Review:

* Snow joking matter
* Indiantelevision.com’s Breaking News EBU signs agreement for…
* Paul Capsis
* German comic plans Olympic ski experience
* Parent sues after son gets axe from school team
* What people in Israel are thinking, in 600 words or less
* ‘Triunfo’ triumphant for Spanish b’caster

Snow joking matterBBC News
Stefan Raab, who came fifth at Eurovision with his ditty “Wadde hadde dudde da”, wants to take Moldovan citizenship in order to make it to the Games. The 35-year-old, is hopeful of competing as a cross-country skier at Salt Lake City, evoking memories of another Winter Olympic no-hoper, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. “He’s trying to qualify,” confirmed Raab’s spokeswoman Kerstin Daniel. The comedian, who plans to retain his German nationality and have dual citizenship, is no stranger to publicity stunts.

Indiantelevision.com’s Breaking News EBU signs agreement for…Indiantelevision.com
It is also responsible for coordinating news and sports programming, besides actively promoting public service broadcasting. The Union renewed its first lease of a full 36 MHz C-band transponder on AsiaSat 2 six months ago, using it to transmit regular and ad-hoc video contribution feeds between Asia and Europe. EBU had extended its Eurovision Network into Asia by signing the first lease on AsiaSat 2 a few years ago. Leasing additional capacity enables the EBU to strengthen the company’s array of services as well as to increase the number of export feeds towards the Asia-Pacific region from Europe and other regions. EBU’s Eurovision Network is fully digital with a total capacity of 38 channels over Europe, six channels over Asia and 11 channels over the Americas. Eurovision Network boasts over 100,000 news items and 8500 hours of sporting and cultural events transmitted last year… EBU had extended its Eurovision Network into Asia by signing the first lease on AsiaSat 2 a few years ago. Leasing additional capacity enables the EBU to strengthen the company’s array of services as well as to increase the number of export feeds towards the Asia-Pacific region from Europe and other regions. EBU’s Eurovision Network is fully digital with a total capacity of 38 channels over Europe, six channels over Asia and 11 channels over the Americas. Eurovision Network boasts over 100,000 news items and 8500 hours of sporting and cultural events transmitted last year.

Paul Capsisabc.net.au
He put on a frumpy frock for his AFI nominated role in the film Head On. And willingly flung himself into the dark and dangerous world of the physical theatre company, DV8. He even hosted this year’s Eurovision Song contest for SBS! Yes, Paul Capsis has had nothing if not a multi-faceted career. And he’s with us in the studio this morning, on the eve of the opening of his new show “Spoofed Up”. Welcome Paul!Interview follows.

German comic plans Olympic ski experienceDeseret News
com, Friday, December 07, 2001German comic plans Olympic ski experience BERLIN (AP) — Moldova’s Olympic team might have its own version of British ski jumper Eddie the Eagle. German comic Stefan Raab, who has fought a women’s boxing world champion and sang at the European-wide Eurovision song contest, plans to ski cross-country for the eastern European country at Salt Lake City in February. “Moldova has shown international ski officials a valid passport, and with the double citizenship, he’s allowed to start at the Olympics,” said Bengt-Erik Bengtsson, head of the sport in Germany. The mass-circulation Bild daily reported that Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries, agreed to Raab’s plan because of his promises to financially support the six athletes they will send to Salt Lake City. The German cross-country skiing federation recommended he take out its $39 insurance policy to cover broken legs and a hospital stay. © 2001 Deseret News Publishing Company.

Parent sues after son gets axe from school teamIrish Independent
Of the 200 countries registered with the Olympic movement, Afghanistan was the only one barred from competing in Sydney. AND FINALLY A German comic’s efforts to become Moldova’s equivalent of ‘Eddie The Eagle’ looks doomed to failure. You might not recognise Stefan Raab in the street, but pennies will drop when we say he was the writer and co-performer of an infamous German entry in the Eurovision in Birmingham back in 1998. Remember Guildo Horn, the loopy frontman who climbed onto a crane in the middle of his performance, whose outrageous antics were only outdone by Dana International? Well, that was Raab’s doing, as was another infamous German chart-topper about, er, wire fencing, intellectually titled ‘Wadde Hadde Dudde Da’. His recent sporting stunts have included fighting a female world boxing champion (she gave him a bloody nose) in a segment called ‘Raab in Danger’ in his weekly television show. Now he’s taken out a Moldovan passport and says he’ll represent them at cross-country skiing in the Winter Olympics in February. German tabloids allege that the Moldovans had agreed to his plan because he had also promised to grant-aid the six other athletes on their team.

What people in Israel are thinking, in 600 words or lessLA Weekly

My mother says that we have no other place to go, that no matter where we go, we’ll always be strangers, hated, Jews. Ghassan says that my country, the state of Israel, is an alien and strange entity and that there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. There it is, in the middle of the Middle East, pretending to be in the heart of Europe, participating in the Eurovision song contest every year, making sure to send a soccer team to the European cup games, and it just doesn’t get that it’s located in the heart of the desert, surrounded by a Middle Eastern mentality that it refuses to acknowledge. Adina says we’re living on borrowed time, that every time she sees the Palestinian children going wild with joy and handing out candy after every terror attack, she thinks about how these children are going to grow up. So I should stop all that nonsense about peace. And if there is one thing that my mother, Ghassan and Adina have in common, it’s that they are all certain, absolutely certain, that I simply can’t understand what’s going on in their heads. But I’m actually pretty good at figuring out what’s going on in other people’s heads, sometimes, especially when times are bad.

‘Triunfo’ triumphant for Spanish b’casterVariety – Variety (subscription)
Show was created by Josep Maria Mainat and Tony Cruz, former pop singers and top execs at Gestmusic Endemol, 60% owned by Endemol. “Triunfo” features an elimination contest between 16 wannabe pop stars. The winner will rep Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. A selection of contestants’ songs has sold 600,000 CD copies. A further six contestants’ albums are among the top 12 most-sold records in Spain. The Sogecable-owned satcaster Canal Satelite Digital is bowing a 15-hour-a-day channel dedicated wholly to “Operacion Triunfo” today.

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