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Eurovision 2023: UK will host on Ukraine’s behalf

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The United Kingdom will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 on behalf of 2022 winner Ukraine

The UK will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 after organisers decided it could not be held in Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian war.

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UKRAINian group “Kalush Orchestra” won the 2022 eurovision song contest with a song calleD “STEFANIA”

Ukraine won the competition earlier this year

Under normal circumstances, winning the contest means your home country hosts the competition the following year.

But with Ukraine in a state of war, organisers said Ukraine would not be able to ensure a safe venue or event.

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The United Kingdom, which was the runner up – will instead host the event.

UK’s 2022 Eurovision contestant Sam Ryder tweeted his solidarity with Ukraine following the announcement.

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UK Contestant SAM RYDER was the runner up in the 2022 Eurovision song contest with “space man”

Just like each year’s winner, Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final in 2023, instead of having to go through several qualifying rounds.

The “Big five” – UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain automatically qualify for the Grand Final every year – as they are the nations that contribute the largest amount of funds to the competition.

UK cities will now bid to host the event.

Glasgow in Scotland was one of the first to announce they would bid to host it.

London may seem like an intuitive choice for some, though it might be difficult to justify the capital being awarded yet another large scale event.

Other cities in the UK that have the necessary infrastructure and venues large enough include Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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