Eurovision has appointed RTÉ's News2Day presenter Conor McNally as its social media co-presenter for the Eurovision Debate, which will be aired live in more than 30 countries on May 15.
23-year-old Carlow native Conor will present segments during the programme, showing the online conversation around the debate and giving Europe’s voters a chance to shape the discussion. Viewers will have the chance to make their voice heard by using the hashtag #TellEUROPE.
The debate produced by Eurovision will be shown by more than 30 international broadcasters, including the BBC in the UK, ORF in Austria, RAI in Italy, TVE in Spain and RTP Portugal. It will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation into 23 languages.
RTÉ will be broadcasting the debate live on RTÉ News Now.
Commenting on the announcement, Conor McNally said: “European politics can often seem inaccessible so this is a really interesting way of getting people involved. Most of us use social media to share our opinions, but now those ideas and questions can help shape the debate on the future of the EU.
"In particular, this event will give people of my generation a chance to present their views in the way they feel most comfortable - at the touch of their fingers. For me personally, it’s an exciting adventure which will bring me right to the heart of European democracy and as a young journalist that is a very appealing prospect.”