Eurovision 2017: UA:PBC Eurovision core team resigns; EBU confirms

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Last Friday, 10 February 2010, the EBU was informed about the upcoming resignation of the core team on behalf of the host broadcaster UA:PBC. Executive Producers Oleksandr Kharebin and Victoria Romanova signed the resignation letter.

21 signatures under the resignation letter

Local news site released today the resignation letter of the core team. The single page statement focuses on the hurdles caused by the newly appointed director of the broadcaster, since the core team’s power was taken away.

On their statement, the core team informs the public:

In December, after our team has secured the confirmation from the EBU that the Eurovision Song Contest will be hold in Ukraine, we saw our powers taken off, since a new actual head of the contest in Ukraine has been appointed, who got the complete control over all the Eurovision aspects in Ukraine. This appointment and all the actions that accompanied it, stopped for almost two months all work on the project, the work of our team was completely blocked.

We regret to inform that our team can not accept such an appointment and does not see the possibility to continue our work on the project for the preparation and organization of the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine.

The document is signed by executive producers Oleksandr Kharebin and Victoria Romanova, the Commercial Director Iryna Asman, Event Manager Denys Bloshchynskyi and his team as well as the Head of Security Oleksii Karaban.

This is not the first resignation the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is facing since Zurab Alasania resigned from the position of NTU’s General Diector.

The EBU statement

Following the avalanche of news today, the EBU released a quick statement about the matter. The EBU focuses only to the fact that it’s a “change in personnel” rather than a very serious issue. Given the fact that Eurovision is about to take place in less than 90 days, every change in high positioned “personnel” is indeed very serious.

How is this resignation going to affect the Eurovision Song Contest 2017? What are the plans on behalf of EBU and of course the host broadcaster UA:PBC?

Stay tuned for all the further developments over this matter.