Eurovision 2017: Update on EBU’s Reference Group meeting in Kyiv

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The EBU’s Reference Group had a 3 day extensive meeting with NTU and Kyiv City officials in Kyiv last week in order to discuss the preparations for the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We bring you an update on the meeting and its outcome.

Both the EBU and NTU, the Ukrainian national broadcaster are working round the clock and hand in hand in their quest to organize the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Reference Group flew to Kyiv last week in order to oversee the preparations for the upcoming contest: Mr.  Edgar Böhm (ORF), Mr. Martin Osterdahl (SVT), Mr. Nicola Cagliore (RAI), Ms. Emilie Sikinghe (AVROTROS), Mr. Aleksandar Radic (RTVSLO), Mr. Jon Ola Sand (EBU), Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling (Chairman).

Mr. Jon Ola Sand (Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor on behalf of the EBU) spoke to Ukrainian national media Styler RBC Ukraina where he spoke about the Reference Group meeting in Kyiv and shed more light on the latest developments and preparations regarding the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Reference Group (governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU) is essential in the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest as it provides advice, support and shares its know how with the host broadcaster, namely NTU. It helps both the host city and broadcaster to make the right decisions after evaluating all the proposals and tasks that entail organizing such a mega event.

Mr.Jon Ola Sand is very pleased with NTU’s work and progress so far, the Ukrainian broadcaster has developed and drafted many ideas regarding the event design, stage design and concept all of which where presented to the Reference Group during the meeting.

He also adds that there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to organizing the event in Kyiv and there are several hurdles and issues yet to overcome and resolve.

Mr. Sand is confident that both NTU and Kyiv will be able to organize the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Interview with Mr. Jon Ola Sand after the Reference Group meeting in Kyiv.

 

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 9, 11 and 13 May at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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