What seems to be a relatively unimportant matter, has become a historical, political and organisational matter. The European Broadcasting Union and 2005 host broadcaster NTU have agreed on uniformity in the spelling of Ukraine's capital name in Eurovision Song Contest related documents, logos and everywhere else, if relevant. Kiev now becomes Kyiv.
The first logo of this year's Eurovision Song Contest was labelled with Kiev 2005, while host broadcaster NTU and the Ukrainian government strongly lobbied for Kyiv 2005. From now on, the official website eurovision.tv carries the Kyiv-logo.
For obvious reasons, the Ukrainian government strongly supports uniformity in the usage of the capital city's name. Although the address of NTU's official Eurovision Song Contest website kieveurovision.com shows the contrary, NTU keeps the internet address available for usability reasons. NTU's official site will become available in the upcoming days.
From now on, esctoday.com will use Kyiv too instead of Kiev. Thus, Kyiv… here we come!