#CRISIS: SVT Reply To The EBU & Ukraine/Russia Situation

Earlier today following the invasion of Ukraine, UA:PBC, the Ukrainian national broadcaster, wrote an open letter to the European Broadcasting Union to expel Russia from the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU replied with the following statement:

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political cultural event that unites countries and celebrates differences through music. EBU members in both Russia and Ukraine have committed to participating in this year’s event in Turin and we intend to welcome and let artists from both countries participate in May. Of course, we continue to follow developments closely.”

Since the EBU issued their statement this morning, SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, have weighed in on the situation. Hanna Stjärne, CEO of SVT, had the following to say:

“The EBU needs to rethink. I sympathise with the basic idea of ​​Eurovision as an apolitical event. But the situation in Europe is extremely serious, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It crosses all boundaries. We have called on the EBU to change and will follow developments closely.”

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Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovoix & OnEurope

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