The EBU has appointed Martin Österdahl as the new Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor.
The Swedish Senior TV executive boasts an impressive track record, including posts as Executive Producer for Eurovision 2013 and 2016.
The decision, taken by EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender and the Chair of the ESC Reference Group, was announced earlier today.
Österdahl will take over from incumbent Jon Ola Sand after the 2020 contest in Rotterdam.
Martin Österdahl new Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor
Speaking on the appointment, De Tender describes Österdahl as the “perfect candidate”:
“Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade.
“The Eurovision Song Contest has been transformed under Jon Ola’s guidance, setting new standards in world-class television production. Martin is a great creative talent and has invaluable experience from his work as Executive Producer of two exceptional Contests and numerous other successful entertainment shows.
“He is an excellent leader and storyteller, which is core for us to work closely with EBU Members to develop and grow the world’s largest live music event in the next decade and beyond.”
Österdahl will actually begin work on the Eurovision Song Contest at the end of April, but only assume his full role at the end of the Grand Final on May 16.
Meet our new Executive Supervisor! ?
Martin Österdahl produced #Eurovision in 2013 and 2016 in Sweden ??
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) January 20, 2020
Martin Österdahl: SVT Supremo
Österdahl has a host of credits to his name at Sweden’s Eurovision broadcaster SVT.
In his time as Programme Director and Commissioner of Entertainment & Sport he was responsible for events including the 2010 Royal Wedding and The Nobel Prize Ceremony.
Addressing the news outgoing Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand said:
“I’m confident that the future of the Eurovision Song Contest is in very capable hands and that Martin is the right person to take this incredible show to the next level.”
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