Last week, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that no Russian act would take part at Eurovision in Turin this year. Now, the union has suspended representatives of its Russian members from serving on its governing bodies.
This follows on from the announcement by the EBU’s Russian members that they intend to leave the union. In a statement, the EBU reveals they have had verbal confirmation of this but still await formal confirmation of their plan to leave.
The EBU notes this suspension will remain in effect until further notice. Thus, it will possibly remain in place until the Russian broadcasters have officially left the union.
EBU suspends Russian representatives from governing bodies
You can read the EBU’s full statement below:
“The EBU Executive Board, in light of ongoing events in Ukraine, has decided to suspend representatives from its three Russian Members (RTR, Channel One and RDO) from serving in its governance groups, including the Executive Board and all Statutory Committees. This follows the decision taken last week to exclude Russia from the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
“In taking this action, the Executive Board took note of the public statement issued by the three Member organizations on 26 February announcing their intention to withdraw from the EBU. A decision taken as a direct result of Russia’s exclusion from the Song Contest. The Members have verbally confirmed to us their intent to leave and we are awaiting their formal confirmation.
“The suspension will remain in effect until further notice has been given by the Executive Board.”
The EBU Executive Board has decided to suspend representatives from its three Russian Members from serving in its governance groups— EBU (@EBU_HQ) March 1, 2022
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Russian broadcasters depart from the EBU
The EBU’s latest announcement comes amidst the continuing events surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Last Friday, the EBU announced that there would be no act representing Russia following boycot calls from several countries, including Finland and Estonia. The song contest’s organisers added that participation from the Eastern European country would bring Eurovision’s image “into dispute”. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has brought death, tragedy and turmoil to innocent people.
Russia’s broadcasters subsequently put forward a statement in state media saying they decided to end their membership with the EBU following the country’s disqualification at the contest.
This means that the broadcasters can no longer take part in the Eurovision Song Contest and its related events, including the Junior contest, for which the country had already started its selection. Besides the song contests, the broadcaster will cease to have access to sports and live events through the EBU network.