ARD has distanced itself from NDR following the debacle surrounding the selection and then withdrawal of Xavier Naidoo as their Eurovision 2016 participant.
ARD which is the overall national association of the regional broadcasters in Germany has distanced itself from NDR the broadcaster within Germany and ARD that is in charge of Eurovision participation. Volker Herres the Program Director at ARD has told the Germany press that he would have appreciated if the debate regarding Xavier Naidoo had been done internally within ARD instead of out in the open once the singer had been selected.
He added that:
The nomination decision rests itself with NDR which is responsible alone for Eurovision, ARD brings in the community to broadcast the show.