The Eurovision Reference Group have today confirmed that attempts were made to unfairly influence voting during Eurovision 2013 and as a result new penalties are now to be put in place to deal with such attempts in future.
The EBU have confirmed that in their investigation into the vote rigging allegations at the 2013 contest, it was deemed that attempts were made to influence the result. However the internal measures that were and are in place by the EBU detected these votes and automatically discarded them, thus ensuring that a valid vote was indeed recorded at Eurovision 2013.
2014 will see a further tightening on the voting procedures and more importantly the dealing with such allegations against a broadcaster.
“If voting irregularities are detected before, during or after the contest in favour of any represented country, the Reference Group will automatically initiate procedures which carry a penalty of exclusion of the respective participating broadcaster from the contest for a maximum of three consecutive years.”
In September of last year the EBU brought in further initiatives to ensure the transparency of the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest going forward. With today’s announcement of the formalising of penalties for wrong doing by a Broadcaster to influence voting plus the Jury transparency initiatives going forward – this should certainly ensure a robust mechanism is in place going forward for the contest and it’s followers.
Jon Ola Sand – Eurovision Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest – has given an in-depth interview to Eurovision.tv where he details the investigation that took place following the Eurovision 2013 allegations of vote influencing and also the plans being introduced to further strengthen the voting procedure. You can read the full interview here.
For the Eurovision Song Contest this year, the voting will once again be calculated the German company Digame and auditing company PwC will again oversee all the procedures.
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision.tv and EBU