The Ukrainian national broadcaster is to face a large fine from the European Broadcasting Union for their handling of Eurovision 2017.
Reuters reports that the Steering Group of the EBU has decided to impose a fine on UA:PBC for the delays in the organisation of this years contest and a lack of co-operation with the EBU over the participation of the Russian artist in the contest. In a statement the European Broadcasting Union added,
As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered.
The European Broadcasting Union would not disclose the size of the fine that the Ukrainian national broadcaster will have to pay. Nor did it comment on whether Russia has faced any fines as a result of its actions in the build up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Mr Frank-Dieter Freiling the Chairman of the Reference Group stated in the run up to the contest in May that both Russia and Ukraine would be sanctioned by the European Broadcasting Union. Mr Freiling explained at the time as to why the two nations will be sanctioned by the EBU, saying that:
- UA:PBC and the Ukrainian Prime Minister were committed to allowing all EBU members to attend the contest, by not allowing Yulia Samoilova to participate they have violated the EBU’s statutes.
- Russia has failed to attend obligatory meetings before the contest
Yulia Samoilova the singer selected to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017 was banned from entering Ukraine for a period of three years by the Ukrainian Security Service in the build up to the contest. Yulia was banned after it was found she had traveled to Crimea in 2015 and did not use an official Ukrainian border entrance, thus breaching Ukrainian law.
Following the initial banning of the EBU responded the following day by suggesting that Yulia could perform remotely in Moscow. The proposal was rejected by Channel One who stated they did not want the rules changed for them, while Ukraine insisted that the proposal would reject existing rules.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest went on to propose that Ukraine only enforce the ban after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been held in May. Mr Sand’s comments have been followed by statements of disappointment and anger from EBU members at the way the competition is being used for political means by both Ukraine and Russia. Russia was removed from competing in Eurovision 2017 on April 13, after Channel One announced they wouldn’t broadcast the contest.
Channel One and Russia-1 have stated that Yulia Samoilova will represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.