Updated: Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor Vlad Yakovlev fired / EBU responds
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The situation within the European Broadcasting Union regarding the Eurovision Family Events escalates as Valdislav Yakovlev announced today he was fired by the EBU because – according to him – he dared to ask questions about the tender procedure, where and how EBU funds have been used to his direct management.
This development comes after the weird removal of Kath Lockett from the EBU and the Vienna scandal with EBU’s press officer Jarmo Siim not to mention the change in the policy of EBU which removes Mr Bakker by default from media supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest effective as of the Eurovision 2017.
With NDR and many press / media from Switzerland, Sweden and the UK wondering on the whereabouts of the procedures within the EBU, the turmoil escalates. It is weird when Junior Eurovision 2014 and 2015 were extremely successful events!
EBU statement in response to the departure of former Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Young Musicians and Eurovision Young Dancers Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev:
“Upon the arrival of a new EBU Media Director in 2015 it was decided to restructure the way in which the department is organized to consolidate and safeguard the EBU’s key brands in the long term. In recent weeks Vladislav Yakovlev was offered a new role in the Live Events unit which oversees the Eurovision Song Contest, Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Young Dancers and Eurovision Young Musicians events. Unfortunately an agreement couldn’t be reached on this new role. Vlad has been valued member of the EBU staff since 2010 and the EBU would like to thank him for his work.”