Ukrainian broadcaster ‘disappointed’ after Eurovision owners order he can’t host


Crane’s public broadcaster said it was “disappointed” that Eurovision owners had decided they could not host next year’s competition and called for talks on a new venue to stop it.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is currently in talks with the BBC over whether the UK could host the annual event, following the runner-up in the Sam Rider tour earlier this year.

If the UK hosts the competition in 2023, it will be the ninth time it has been held here – more than any other country.

Sam Rider (Yui Mok / PA) / PA Wire

UA: The PBC issued a statement on Friday claiming that EBU had “denied Ukraine the right to host Eurovision 2023” after analyzing the security situation in the war-torn country.

UA: Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of PBC’s managing board, said: “We are disappointed with the EBU’s decision.

“During this month, a large number of people in Ukraine have made every effort to meet the conditions for holding Eurovision in our country. Security is certainly our number one priority.

The UA team: PBC, state and local authorities worked hard and offered a variety of options.

“It is unfortunate to see such an unacceptable statement, therefore, we ask our partners to negotiate further.”

Kalosh Orchestra of Ukraine (Eurovision / PA) / PA Media

The broadcaster’s statement detailed a June 14 meeting in which Ukrainian organizers met with representatives of the EBU and the competition itself.

They discussed three possible locations for security and hospitality – in Lviv, Zakirpatia on the Hungarian-Slovak border, and in Kyiv.

The statement continues: “As a reminder, following the victory of the Kalush Orchestra at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Ukraine won the right to host the singing competition next year.

UA: PBC ensures selection and participation of Ukrainian representative in Eurovision Song Contest as a member of European Broadcasting Union Is.”

Downing Street welcomes the possibility of hosting Ukraine if Ukraine cannot do so.

A spokesman for No. 10 said: “Ukraine deserved more than the Eurovision Song Contest, and as the real winner, the government was keen to see the competition take place next year.

“If the EBU decides that the competition cannot go ahead in Ukraine, we would certainly welcome the opportunity to work with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here in the UK.

“But we will be committed to ensuring that it reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage and creativity, as well as fostering an ongoing partnership between our two countries.”

Asked if the government would help with the BBC’s spending, the spokesman said: “We are going a little further in terms of this process.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted, describing Glasgow as a potential destination for the competition: “I can think of a better place on the banks of the Clyde River !!”

OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow said it would be “delighted” to join the talks.

In a statement, he said: “We are naturally disappointed that, as announced, Ukraine will not be able to host Eurovision 2023.

“If Glasgow is being considered as a potential host city for the event, we would be happy to participate in this discussion.”

The BBC said in a brief statement: “We have seen the announcement by the EBU.

“Following their decision, we will definitely be talking to the BBC, which is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”

OVO Hydro (Andrew Milligan / PA) / PA Archives

It came after the British rider topped the jury vote in Turin in May, but the Kalush Orchestra won overall after a symbolic show of public support that saw them climb to first place with 631 points.

He has been at the forefront since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February – which prompted organizers to ban Russian entry.

Ukraine entered the international competition in 2003 and its three wins make it one of the most successful of its new rivals. It also won in 2004 and 2016.