SVT proposed a change of start time of the contest from CEST to CEST on 9 September, arguing that such a change would help to promote family viewing of the contest, especially in eastern Europe when it would run late into the night.
The EBU announced on 23 September that rather than using clips from their respective music videos, extended clips from the dress rehearsals of the six acts who qualified directly to the final (the "Big Five" and Sweden) would be shown as previews during the semi-final in which they were allocated to vote.
The three live shows were directed by Sven Stojanović and the contest was produced by Christer Björkman.
The EBU announced on 18 February 2016 that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since 1975.
The core team for the contest was announced by SVT and the EBU on 26 October.