The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has doubled down on its decision to move next year’s contest from its traditional venue to the previous winner’s country, and instead take it to the runner-up country, meaning the UK.
Last week the announcement was met with distress by Ukrainian politicians who called for talks to continue. Prominent British politicians, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, added their support for the belief that the contest should take place in the winning country.
Now, the EBU says it “understands the disappointment” but has other responsibilities in allocating the venue to a country where the infrastructure for the huge event is more stable.
In a statement, it said: “The decision was guided by the responsibility of the EBU to ensure that conditions are met to guarantee the safety and security of all those working and participating in the programme, whose The planning needs to start immediately in the host country,” the broadcasting body said in a statement.
“at least 10,000 people ordinarily accredited to work, or Eurovision Song Contest Including the crew, staff and journalists. The event is expected to attract over 30,000 fans from all over the world. Their welfare is our prime concern.
“It is therefore important that decisions regarding such a complex live television program are made by broadcast professionals and are not politicised.”
The EBU also noted that there are no other major international concerts scheduled to travel to Ukraine in 2023.
Ukrainian winner of the year Kalash Orchestra are set to play at the UK’s prestigious Glastonbury Music Festival this weekend.