“Ukraine could lose the right to host Eurovision 2017”, local media report

According to local media, the Ukrainian organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 could be at risk due to a delay of procedures.

“In early October, the European Broadcasting Union showed National Television of Ukraine a red card threatening to interrupt preparations for Eurovision 2017”, stated general director of NTU Alexander Harebin.

Among the reasons EBU named a few issues like bureaucracy problems, wrong legislation and dismissive attitude of some of the organisers. After this warning, NTU secured EBU a serious update and consequently reduction of delayed work from three to one month.

Organising Eurovision 2017 is not being an easy commitment for the Ukrainian broadcaster as they have already faced numerous problems through the last months, including the resignation of NTU’s Director General Zurab Alasania because of several troubles with the lack of funds from the national government.

The final decision regarding the host country is reported to be made on December 8, during the General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union. 

A total of 43 countries will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with Portugal and Romania returning after a-year break. However, Bosnia & Herzegovina won’t participate at this year’s edition due to financial difficulties being suffered by the national broadcaster.  The next year’s edition of Eurovision is set to take place on May 9, 11 and 13 in Kyiv (Ukraine).

Source : TCH

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