Private broadcaster STB will air Eurovision Song Contest 2018 alongside public broadcaster UA:PBC in Ukraine.
STB has revealed today that they have bought the sublicence to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 from UA:PBC. The agreement means that for the first time the Eurovision Song Contest will be aired by a public and private broadcaster in the same country.
The agreement is an extension of a pre-existing contract between STB and UA:PBC to organise a national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. For the past three years STB has organised the Ukrainian selection process, covering the costs of the selection, while UA:PBC broadcasts the shows alongside STB.
UA:PBC has been in talks with the European Broadcasting Union about the agreement with STB since September. At the time the Head of UA:PBC explained that the agreement would ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest is watched by the whole of Ukraine and not just viewers of UA:PBC.
The first semi final of the Ukrainian selection, Vidbir is due to take place on 10 February 2018. The second semi will follow on 17 February with the grand final on 24 February. The show will once again be broadcast from the Palace of Culture, Kyiv and will be hosted for the second year by Serhiy Prytula.
Ruslan Kvinta is the the Music Producer for this years Ukrainian selection. Ruslan is a famous Ukrainian composer, will be responsible for selecting all of the entries for the show
Source: Detector Media
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana won the contest for Ukraine with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated again in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”, her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2015 Ukraine did not compete in the contest due to financial difficulties.