The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirms in general that “a Eurovision Song Contest shall not take place in a high risk area”. EBU media officer Aline Ingwersen said that to the website Eurosong.net on Thursday evening. Some countries already pointed out Istanbul as high risk area.
If the host country of the Eurovision Song Contest will be considered as unsafe by the EBU, they would offer the contest to another country, with the longest possible period of notice.
Under the current rules for the Eurovision Song Contest, there is no specific cut-off date by which a decision must be made to change the host country: “The Eurovision Song Contest cannot be organised within 24 hours!”, Ingwersen said.
As esctoday.com already reported earlier today, the EBU will have a telephone conference to discuss the security issue with the Turkish broadcaster TRT. If the EBU takes a decision on this matter, it will be made public according to Aline Ingwersen.