DR RESPONDS: THERE IS NO THREATENING
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Danish national broadcaster responded to the mysterious post of MetroXpress DK newspaper claiming that DR and City of Copenhagen threatened to move the contest to Herning if fundings for the reconstruction of the venue are not given on time.
It’s not right. We are not threatening anyone. And we have no means plans to move the show.We have good cooperation with the Host City Copenhagen, who are the partners in Copenhagen, which build the arena on Refshaleøen, Pernille Gaardbo explains.
We have an excellent working relationship with DR. No one is threatening anyone… All parties to the Host City Copenhagen has always been aware that there is a risk of unforeseen costs associated with such a large project like this. It has always been the promise. These are some design changes that lead to higher costs and it is on this basis that has been granted a budget extension, said Martin Bender, Managing Director of Host City Copenhagen.
THE STORY OF METROXPRESS.DR
According to Danish newspaper MetroXpress DR threatens to move the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest from B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen if they don’t get an additional grant for unforeseen expenses making the halls ready for the Eurovision Song Contest. Managing Director Martin Bender of Wonderful Copenhagen which coordinates the project says to MetroXpress: “The project partners from the start has been aware of the challenges and risks associated with such a large project, including the possibility that there may be unforeseen expenses.”
This method makes the politicians in the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark angry and they call it bad management and a “gun to their head” and they feel like they are forced to pay this money. It is the reformation of B&W Hallerne on Eurovision Island that has been more challenging than the producers first thought. The City of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen and the Capital Region each have to find 4.3 million Danish Kroner extra in their budget to pay for the unforeseen expenses.
The Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Pernille Gaardbo writes in an email to MetroXpress that DR is responsible for the show if self and the municipality, region and Wonderful Copenhagen is responsible for making the halls ready for the show, but she will not comment on the possible threats on moving the Eurovision Song Contest. The City of Copenhagen will consider the extra money for the Eurovision on February 25th.