Ukraine’s broadcaster has received the all-important questionnaire from the European Broadcasting Union about hosting Eurovision 2023, and top officials say Ukraine should host the contest in the country.
That’s the message coming out of Friday’s press conference at Ukrinform — the Ukraine Media Center.
Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko said:
“We have no doubt that it should take place in Ukraine. The only thing is that no one has ever held Eurovision during war…We are now looking for answers with our colleagues to the most important conditions set by the European Broadcasting Union, but I think that we will have to explain during our dialogue that some conditions need to be changed.”
Mr. Tkachenko said that he planned to discuss many of the issues in the questionnaire with song contest officials today.
His statement at the press conference “that some conditions need to be changed” will prove decisive in whether Ukraine gets to host the contest. It’s not clear how much wiggle-room the EBU will allow.
As we reported in May, Ukraine’s state broadcaster understands that hosting Eurovision isn’t a given. Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board of state broadcaster AU:PBC, previously explained that hosting ESC 2023 is much more complex than just making a wish.
“We are doing our best, and I hope that the state will also support us in holding the Eurovision Song Contest here. I hope that the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in peaceful Ukraine. However, I am saying once again that the security factor is important and the final decision will be taken together with the European Broadcasting Union. It will be a difficult negotiation, I am already sure of that.”
“However, let me remind you that even in 2017, when the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Kyiv, there was quite a big discussion. For example, then Ukraine pledged the so called financial guarantee of 15 million euros. In case something suddenly goes wrong, another country would hold the competition with these funds. Therefore, this issue is much more complex than just a wish. I am convinced that we need to do all our best so that the Eurovision Song Contest should take place in Ukraine.”
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