Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will not take place in Ukraine, talks with BBC – The Sofia Globe

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said on June 17 that it had come to the conclusion “with deep regret” that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 could not take place in Ukraine and would now start talks with the BBC to make it happen Eurovision Song Contest 2023 possibly to be hosted in Ukraine Great Britain, this year’s runner-up.

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with an overwhelming majority. The rules of the competition state that the winning country will host the next year’s competition, unless circumstances make this impossible or the winning country declines to host.

The EBU said that following its victory in May’s competition, the EBU was exploring options for hosting next year’s competition with Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC, which previously hosted the event in 2017 and 2005.

It has become a well-known tradition that the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest hosts the competition the following year and meets certain criteria, including ensuring the viability of the event and the safety of everyone involved, including the public.

“Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, the EBU has taken the time to conduct a full assessment and feasibility study with both UA:PBC and third-party specialists, including on security issues,” the EBU said.

It states that the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world, with thousands working and attending the event and requiring 12 months of preparation time.

“Following an objective analysis, the reference group, the ESC board, came to the conclusion with deep regret that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance with the ESC -Rules are required cannot be met by UA:PBC.”

The EBU thanked UA:PBC for their full cooperation and commitment in examining all scenarios in the weeks since Kalush Orchestra’s victory in Turin on May 14 and “shares its sadness and disappointment that next year’s competition will not be held in of Ukraine can take place”.

The EBU said it had supported UA:PBC in a number of areas since the invasion. “We will ensure that this support continues so that UA:PBC can maintain the vital service they provide to Ukrainians.”

As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now enter into talks with the BBC, as this year’s runners-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

“It is our full intention that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s shows. This will be a priority for us in our talks with the eventual hosts,” the EBU said.

(Photo: EBU/Corinne Cumming)

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