The European Broadcasting Union has reduced the fine imposed on UA:PBC for Yulia Samoilova not being able to compete in Kyiv.
Zurab Alasania the Chairman of UA:PBC has revealed that the broadcaster has been unable to contest the fine from the EBU for not allowing Yulia Samoilova to compete in Kyiv. Mr Alasania revealed that UA:PBC attempted to challenge the fine but have so far been unsuccessful in having the fine cancelled.
At the end of January the Executive Committee of the European Broadcasting Union decided to reduce the fine that UA:PBC has to pay from €198,000 to €150,000. 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.
Last year, Yulia Samoilova was internally selected to represent Russia at Eurovision in Kyiv. However, she was later banned from entering Ukraine after it was discovered she had traveled to Crimea in 2015 in breach of Ukrainian law.
Initially, the European Broadcasting Union suggested Yulia should be able to participate by video link from Moscow, an idea which was rejected by Channel One. The Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, later proposed that the ban be enforced only after the conclusion of Eurovision 2017. Russia was ultimately removed from the contest on 13th April 2017 after it was announced that Channel One would not broadcast the contest.
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 brought the country their first win with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”; her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. Last year O.Torvald represented the country on home soil with the song “Time”. The group finished in 24th place, Ukraine’s worst result at the contest to date.