On Tuesday the president of Spanish television claimed that the BBC will host Eurovision 2023 if Ukraine isn’t able to. On Wednesday Ukraine’s state broadcaster released a statement making it clear that consultations with the European Broadcasting Union are ongoing.
And now the world has heard from the EBU in a statement sent to the Metro newspaper in London.
Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine? EBU says discussions are ongoing
“We are still in discussions with the winning broadcaster of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, our Ukrainian Member UA:PBC, and other stakeholders to find the most appropriate setup for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.”
“The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world and clearly there are some unique challenges involved in hosting next year’s competition.”
“Due to the logistics of hosting an event of this size, we are undergoing a broad assessment process ahead of a decision being made shortly on the most suitable location for next year’s competition to guarantee the smooth running and continuity of the event.”
“We are discussing all the requirements for logistics, financing, capacity and, importantly, safety and security and hope to be able to find a solution that will deliver an event that has all the ingredients and excitement traditionally enjoyed by audiences worldwide.”
The emphasis on security is, of course, top-of-mind for everyone.
As we told you back on June 3, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Oleksandr Tkachenko believes that Ukraine is entitled to host the event…though he suggested the EBU may need to be flexible.
Speaking at the Ukraine Media Centre, he said: “We have no doubt that it should take place in Ukraine. The only thing is that no one has held Eurovision during the war.”
“We are now looking for answers with colleagues to the most important conditions set by the EBU, but I think we will have to explain that some conditions need to be changed.”
Those suggested changes will have been submitted along with their security questionnaire, which has already been handed over.
What do you make of the EBU statement? Will Ukraine be able to meet the requirements? What do you make of “the most suitable location”? Let us know what you’re thinking down below.