Eurovision 2017: EBU responds on the UA:PBC team resignation

UKRAINE – Chaos in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest organisation. Executive producers Victoria Romanova and Oleksandr Kharebin resigned. An emergency press conference by UA:PBC and Pavlo Hrytsak will take place today.

The media reported this morning that the Eurovision 2017 core team will change as everything seems to have been collapsed in terms of organisation and preparations. The broadcaster seems to have failed to deliver the tenders for various venues such as the Euroclub and more as well as tenders for the production of the show such as light and sound equipment.

The two Executive Producers Victoria Romanova and Oleksandr Kharebin issued a statement: saying that there work was blocked linking their failure directly with the acting Director General Pavlo Hrytsak.

EBU STATEMENT

Victoria Romanova, Oleksandr Kharebin, Iryna Asman, Denys Bloshchynski and his team and Oleksii Karaban informed the EBU on 10th February that they were resigning from their roles for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The group felt they were not able to continue work on the project owing to staffing matters at UA:PBC, which the EBU cannot fully comment on.

The team have been instrumental in the planning for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, and we thank them for their hard work. We have reiterated to UA:PBC the importance of a speedy and efficient implementation of plans already agreed, despite staff changes, and that we stick to the timeline and milestones that have been established and approved by the Reference Group to ensure a successful Contest in May.

Further information regarding the core team of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be released in due course.

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