EBU, UA: PBC and BBC host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC are pleased to confirm that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held in the UK on behalf of UA:PBC, the winning 2022 Ukrainian public broadcaster.

After concluding that next year’s competition unfortunately cannot take place in Ukraine due to security reasons, the EBU has committed to exploring other possible scenarios with the UA:PBC.

Following these consultations, the BBC, runners-up in the 2022 competition final, were invited by the EBU to host the 67th edition.

“We are extremely grateful to the BBC for agreeing to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK,” said Martin Österdahl, the competition’s executive supervisor.

“The BBC has acted as host for other winning countries four times in the past. Continuing this tradition of solidarity, the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public service media outlets will be put to the service of the 2023 competition is properly recognized and represented throughout the show.”

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Chairman of the UA:PBC Board of Directors, adds: “The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be held in Ukraine, but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our partners at the BBC for showing their solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to shine the Ukrainian spirit during the demonstration as we reunite all of Europe around our shared values ​​of peace, support and a celebration of diversity and talent.”

AU:PBC representatives will work with the BBC to develop and implement the show’s Ukrainian elements over the next year. As the winning country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, Ukraine automatically qualifies for the grand final of the next edition.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie said: “It is very unfortunate that our Ukrainian colleagues and friends will not be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. With this in mind, it is a great privilege to be invited to organize the largest and most complex music competition in the world. The BBC’s mission is to make this event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture, while also promoting British musical and creative diversity to present the UK with one of the most unifying shows on the 2023 music calendar.

No other European medium has organized the competition as often as the BBC. Public media staged the protest in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998.

The host city for the 2023 edition will be determined following an application review process that will begin this week. The dates of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will then be announced.

The logo for the 2023 event will also be unveiled at a later date. It will reflect the particular circumstances of next year’s competition and the collaboration between the host country and the winners in 2022.

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music spectacle, organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) every year since 1956, representing the public service media from 56 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The 2022 competition was watched by more than 180 million viewers on television and digital platforms.

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