The Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union has taken place today in Lausanne, Switzerland, ending with a green light for Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017 despite the remaining challenges.
After months plenty of rumours, NTU will be finally hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. However, in fact, the broadcaster will have to face a few challenges in order to organise the event. Some of them have already overcome in the last few weeks, including the ones regarding a suitable venue, legislation issues that needed to be solved as well as budgetary considerations.
“NTU and the authorities in Kyiv have made good progress over the last weeks and this will be closely monitored moving forward. The core team at NTU are now in place and that the Reference Group have full confidence in them to overcome the challenges that remain”, stated the Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand.
Last week, the Ukrainian head of delegation Victoria Romanova and Oleksander Kharebin were announced as Executive Producers and Stuart Barlow as the Show Producer for Eurovision 2017. Now, everything is in order to start preparations for the show, including the stage design, artwork and other commitments. They have also revealed that the tickets sale will most likely begin in January.
More official details about the progress of preparations for Eurovision 2017 are due to be revealed at the next Reference Group meeting which will take place in Kyiv in January, along with the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The 2017 edition of the Europeans favourite TV show will take place in Kyiv’s International Exhibition Centre on 9th, 11th and 13th May 2017.