UA:PBC the Ukrainian broadcaster is working with the European Broadcasting Union to resolve issues with the ticketing provider.
UA:PBC has stated their disappointment at the decision of the Anti-Monopoly Committee to cancel the procurement procedure for the ticketing provider for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Concert.ua had been allocated the contract for the competition, however other providers stated that the rules surrounding the procurement was not open and fair.
Pavlo Hrytsak of the broadcaster stated that:
We will be doing the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee (AMC), it is – the authorized government body, we have other options. We can not say that we agree with this decision, so look for solutions to the situation, so that we can start selling tickets as soon as possible. We are consulting on this issue with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and will not accept any decisions without coordination with them.
Mr Hrytsak added:
We hope that tickets will go on sale in February, we are actively working on the implementation of this. It should be noted that in previous years had different starting date of ticket sales for the competition – it was in March.
In both 2009 and 2012 the tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest did not go on sale until around two weeks into March. The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand added:
We are disappointed by the delay in the start of ticket sales for Eurovision 2017, but work together with UΛ: First, to address this situation. The EBU recognizes that any tender should be transparent and fair, and hopes that tickets will go on sale soon it will be possible.
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 Bosnia & Herzegovina has however withdrawn from the contest due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT.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