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🇬🇧 #ESC23: The UK & BBC Are Confirmed As Host Of Eurovision 2023

Earlier today, the BBC, the British national broadcaster, was announced as the Host Broadcaster for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. The BBC is acting as Host Broadcaster on behalf of UA:PBC, the Ukrainian national broadcaster, who won last year.

Over the next few weeks and months, the following will be worked on by the EBU, BBC and UA:PBC:

  • BBC to take on hosting duties with Contest to be held in United Kingdom in 2023
  • Host City bidding contest to begin this week
  • Ukraine to automatically qualify for the Grand Final along with ‘Big 5’ (which includes United Kingdom)
  • Representatives of UA: PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian elements of shows
  • Logo reflecting unique circumstances of staging to be revealed later 

Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, had the following to say:

“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023. The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event.”

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board of UA:PBC, had the following to say:

“The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent.”

Tim Davie, the BBC Director General, had the following to say:

“It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity. The BBC will now begin the process to find a host city to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.”

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Author: Richard Taylor

Source: eurovision.tv

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