#EBU: Martin Österdahl To Replace Jon Ola Sand

It has been announced in the last hour that Martin Österdahl has been chosen to replace Jon Ola Sand as the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

The decision was made by Jean Philip De Tender, the EBU Director of Media and Dr. Dr Frank Dieter Freiling, chair of the ESC Reference Group.

Martin Österdahl will begin working on the Eurovision Song Contest at the end of April, before taking on the role as Executive Supervisor after this year’s Grand Final in Rotterdam, on Saturday 16th May.

Jean Philip De Tender had the following to say on the appointment:

“Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade. The Eurovision Song Contest has been transformed under Jon Ola’s guidance, setting new standards in world-class television production. Martin is a great creative talent and has invaluable experience from his work as Executive Producer of two exceptional Contests and numerous other successful entertainment shows. He is an excellent leader and storyteller, which is core for us to work closely with EBU Members to develop and grow the world’s largest live music event in the next decade and beyond.”

Jon Ola Sand had the following to say about his successor:

“I’ve been working alongside Martin Österdahl for many years. First at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and then again in 2016 but also in the ESC Reference Group where Martin was a valued member for 7 years. I’m confident that the future of the Eurovision Song Contest is in very capable hands and that Martin is the right person to take this incredible show to the next level.”

Martin Österdahl had the following to say on his appointment:

”The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music event and the longest running show on television. Its ability to entertain and unite people across Europe and beyond is unique and something that should never be taken for granted. I feel greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to strive for its continued evolvement and popularity into the future. I’m looking forward to joining the team in Geneva in May and can’t wait to get started.”

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: EBU

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