The Acting Director General of NTU has admitted in a television interview that preparations for Eurovision 2017 are one month behind.
Ukraine is at risk of losing the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This is the statement that Aleksandr Kharebin has admitted could become reality. Mr Kharebin said that after taking on the role as Acting Director General the organisation of the contest was running over 3 months behind schedule, this has now been reduced to a month behind schedule.
Mr Kharebin told TSN that:
In early October, the European Broadcasting Union as the owner of the brand Eurovision gave NTU a red card for preparations and the disruption to preparations for Eurovision.
He stated that the reasons for the red card from the EBU were bureaucracy, inadequate legislation and dismissive attitude of some officials for the competition. Mr Kharebin’s predecessor Zurab Alasania resigned from his role as Director General of NTU due to numerous issues the broadcaster was facing with regards to securing funding from the Ukrainian Government.
Ukrainian media is reporting that the final decision on whether the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will remain in Ukraine will be taken on December 8th. December 8th is the date of the European Broadcasting Union’s Annual Assembly.
Ukraine has faced a large number of obstacles in hosting next years Eurovision Song Contest. Funding promised by Government for the contest has been delayed, while all aspects of the process are having to go through public tender processes as required by Ukrainian law. Furthermore according to reports over the past month the host venue for next years contest, the IEC is still yet to sign an agreement to host the contest next year.
A total of 43 countries are to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Returning to the Eurovision stage are Portugal and Romania who both took a year out from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina has however withdrawn from the contest due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT. The 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being held on the following dates:
- Semi Final 1 – 9 May
- Semi Final 2 – 11 May
- Final – 13 May
Update regarding the interview broadcaster has been released with clarification regarding the comments Mr Kharebin made on TSN.