Rachel Ashdown has been revealed as the new Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom, as well as Eurovision Reference Group member.
Rachel Ashdown of the BBC has been revealed as one of three new members of the Reference Group for the Eurovision Song Contest. The television professional who previously worked in the BBC Entertainment Commissioning Department, joins Carla Bugalho Trindade (RTP) and Zivit Davidovitch (KAN) on the Reference Group. The three replace Mr. Edoardo Grassi (France Televisions), Mr. Martin Österdahl (SVT) and Mr. João Nuno Nogueira(RTP).
Ms Ashdown has been the Commissioning Editor for a number of high profile shows on the BBC including All Together Now, Let it Shine, as well as the Eurovision Song Contest. She has been in her role as Commissioning Editor since 2014.
She takes over from Helen Ridell who was part of the British delegation for five years. Over her time with the delegation, she worked as Senior Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest and Head of Delegation. Her departure follows Guy Freeman’s departure (former Head of Delegation for the United Kingdom), who also left the BBC earlier this year in order to pursue a new venture.
Source: ESC Today
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.