Ooh, you are in trouble! The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that the juror from Russia responsible for Periscoping from the first jury semi final on May 9 has been removed from the jury, with all votes rendered null and void. In fair discussions between the EBU and Russian broadcaster, RTR, the broadcaster proposed the removal of the juror and the disposal of their votes.
In a statement directed to the EBU, RTR expressed regret at the actions of their juror, also issuing apologies to the Netherlands broadcaster, AVROTROS and the Armenia broadcaster, AMPTV.
In light of these events, the EBU have not considered it a breach of the rules to stream a video online from the jury deliberation, provided individual rankings, combined rankings or jury points are kept confidential until the completed of the Grand Final.
However, the EBU regards the actions of the person involved as not in keeping with the spirit of the competition and potentially prejudicial as it imposes a risk of accidentally revealing results. The independent judges present at the jury gathering in Russia confirmed that the voting was conducted in accordance with the rules.
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