Ukraine won't be able to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, says EBU

17 June, 05:02 PM
Kalush Orchestra with the main prize of Eurovision 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Yara Nardi)

Kalush Orchestra with the main prize of Eurovision 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Yara Nardi)

Ukraine will not be able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said in a statement on June 17.

"Following their win at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in May the EBU has been exploring options for the hosting of next year's competition with Ukraine's public broadcaster UA:PBC, who previously staged the event in 2017 and 2005," it said.

It noted that "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 safety and security issues."

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"The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world with thousands working on, and attending, the event and 12 months of preparation time needed." the statement says.

The EBU stressed that "following objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC's governing board, has with deep regret concluded that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC Rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC."

"As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year's runner up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom," reads the statement.

Earlier Deputy Head of the President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko announced that Ukraine was starting preparations for hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

On May 14, folk-rap song "Stefania" brought Eurovision victory to Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra.

It was Ukraine's third victory in the international song contest.

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