Eurovision 2023 will not take place in Ukraine. This was decided by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) due to the current situation in the country. “After the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, Ebu wrote in a statement – we explored the options to host next year’s competition with Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspil’ne movlennia, which previously organized the event in 2017. and in 2005. It has become a well-known tradition for the Eurovision Song Contest winner to host the competition the following year, providing certain criteria including ensuring the feasibility of airing the event and the safety of all interested parties, including the public. Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, EBU took the time to conduct a full assessment and feasibility study with Suspil’ne movlennia, including on security issues. “. “The Eurovision Song Contest – continues the release – is one of the most complex television productions in the world with thousands of people working and participating in the event and 12 months of preparation time required. Following an objective analysis, the group reference and the ESC board of directors concluded with deep regret that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required of a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the rules of the ESC cannot be satisfied by Suspil’ne movlennia, whom EBU wishes to thank for their sincere collaboration and commitment in exploring all scenarios in the weeks following the victory of the Kalush Orchestra on May 14 in Turin and to share their sadness and disappointment for the fact that next year’s Contest cannot be held in Ukraine “.” EBU has supported Suspil’ne movlennia in a whole range of areas since the invasion one – concludes the note – We will ensure that this support continues so that Suspil’ne movlennia can maintain the indispensable service it provides to the Ukrainians. As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, EBU will now begin talks with the BBC, as this year’s runner-up, to potentially host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in United Kingdom. It is our full intention that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s spectacles. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with potential hosts. “
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