This week, the formal suspension of all Russian EBU member broadcasters took place. Earlier this year, the Russian member broadcasters claimed to have withdrawn from the EBU, however there was never anything formal – hence the suspension.
Eric Campbell, Secretary of EBU Governing Bodies, had the following to say:
“On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to inform you of the decision taken by the Council on three Russian members of the EBU (RTR, Channel One and Radio Dom Ostankino) at its meeting yesterday. Based on the measures taken by the Executive Council at its last meeting on April 7, when it launched the suspension procedure, the Council unanimously decided to immediately suspend the three Russian members of the EBU indefinitely, which the Executive Board will review regularly.”
The fore-mentioned Russian broadcasters will no longer be able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest, amongst other EBU events.
Author: Richard Taylor