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Suspilne is disappointed by the refusal to hold Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine

17.06.2022, 17:18
Photo: Suspilne
Photo: Suspilne

Suspilne broadcaster is disappointed with the European Broadcasting Union's (EBU) refusal to hold Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine.

This was announced on Suspilne's corporate website.

According to Suspilne, on June 17, the EBU declined Ukraine after analyzing the security situation as of June 2022. The Union is starting talks with the British public broadcaster BBC on the possibility of holding a competition in the UK.

"We are disappointed with this decision of the EBU. During this month, a large number of people in Ukraine have thrown all their efforts to fulfill the conditions for holding Eurovision in our country. Security is, of course, our first priority. The team of UA: PBC, state and local authorities did a thorough job and offered different options. It is a pity to see such an unappealable statement, ​​therefore, we ask our partners to hold further negotiations," said Mykola Chornotytskyi, Head of the Suspilne Managing Board.

On June 14, the Official Kick-off Meeting of the organizers from Ukraine with the Reference Group, partners of the Eurovision Song Contest and the core team of EBU took place. At this meeting, the contest representatives and the EBU considered the presentation of guarantees and preparatory measures, in particular the security questionnaire, the potential locations for the contest hosting prepared by Suspilne team together with the government of Ukraine.

According to Suspilne, all security and safety related measures have to be prepared and implemented in close cooperation with national authorities. Therefore, Suspilne held consultations with the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (National Police, State Emergency Service, National Guard) and the Ministry of Defense.

The working group of Suspilne together with state and local authorities proposed several options for hosting the event in three different regions of Ukraine: in Lviv, in Zakarpattia (on the border with Hungary and Slovakia) and in Kyiv.

It will be recalled that after the victory of Kalush Orchestra at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Ukraine gained the right to host the Song Contest next year. Suspilne as a member of the European Broadcasting Union ensures the selection and participation of a representative of Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest, is an official broadcaster of the contest, and organizes the contest the following year in case of Ukraine’s victory.

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