Svante Stockselius will not be the one to reassure us that everything has been checked and the results are in duting the next Eurovision Song Contest as the Executive Supervisor of the Junior and Eurovision Song Contest since 2003 will be stepping down from his post after the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Svante Stockselius stated to eurovision.tv: "When I took this challenge nearly eight years ago, the Eurovision Song Contest was at a crucial cross road. Since then it is has become one of the greatest TV-entertainment events in the world! After the successes of Moscow and Oslo, I decided that now would be a good moment to say farewell, and to give others the opportunity to take the event to the next level."
A lot of changes were introduced ever since Svante took over as Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest for the EBU in 2003: the generic logo, a pan-European sponsor platform and most importantly the semi finals were introduced and we saw the return of the jury vote.
"We have managed to get a fair voting system and I've had the pleasure of working with a great team at the EBU, with the members of the Reference Group, with great teams at over a dozen host broadcasters and with many delegations from over 40 countries," Svante states and continues "after being seen on television by a cumulative number of over one billion people, it is time to move on!"
Jørgen Franck, TV Director ad interim of the EBU, told eurovision.tv: "With the departure of Svante Stockselius we say goodbye to a highly respected colleague, one of Europe's most experienced TV-producers and someone who has his Eurovision heart at the right place. He brought the song contest to where it is today, and deserves credit for the growing appreciation of the brand. We are grateful for his contribution to the Junior- and Eurovision Song Contest and we are looking forward to working with him one more time in Minsk, where the 8th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place."
Svante's successor will probably be selected before the end of the year.