On Thursday the CEO of Swedish broadcaster SVT called on the European Broadcasting Union to change course and exclude Russia from Eurovision.
Now the Danish broadcaster DR and Norwegian broadcaster NRK have echoed the sentiment, with the former saying it’s “wrong” to allow Russia to participate.
The news comes as Russian military forces reached Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and amid reports Russia is not distinguishing between civilian and military targets in its all-out assault against Ukraine.
Gustav Lützhøft, the editor-in-chief of the broadcaster’s official Eurovision site, communicated DR’s position. “First of all, I would like to say that it is a serious and extremely unpleasant situation that is unfolding in Ukraine right now.”
“At DR, we find it wrong that Russia is to participate in Eurovision, as the situation is now. That is DR’s position. And we have communicated it to the EBU. We are in ongoing dialogue with them.”
Meanwhile in Norway, TV boss Thor Gjermund Eriksen said: “We do not see how Russia can participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”
“NRK has given clear advice to the EBU that Russia can not participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest as a result of the invasion of Ukraine.”
“At the same time, this is a member organization that needs some time to cement a decision. We have full confidence that the EBU will reach the right decision.”