SVT to produce 2003 Eurovision Song Contest

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For the second consecutive year, the Swedish broadcaster SVT won the right to be in head of the technical production of the Eurovision Song Contest. The agreement is signed one of these days.

To get the privilege of being responsible for the technical part of the Eurovision production in Riga next year, the Swedish broadcaster SVT had to prove that their experience and practical knowledge on the field of producing such big events, were greater than what was the case with their rivals from the Eurovision broadcasters of Germany, Denmark and Finland. The technical project leader of SVT, Bosse Wahlberg, comments the Latvian preference of Swedish engineering this way: “There were plenty of other broadcasters which wanted to organize the event. But SVT had an advantage since we've already done this before. We showed them what we've done earlier, and referred several times to the experience we posess in producing the Eurovision Song Contest.”

The upcoming event in the Latvian capital will be the third time in four years, that the Swedish broadcaster has been responsible for the technical aspects of the Eurovision Song Contest. It's a big task SVT has agreed to do. “The plans, as of today, include to fill seven big trailer trucks with light and sound equipment, and bring them to Latvia on May 7th. In total we'll be around 80 people from Sweden, most of them were working for the Estonians in Eurovision 2002 as well”, Bosse Wahlberg told the Swedish news paper Expressen.

It's not a big surprise that the Swedish broadcaster finally was given the task. Already the same night as the Latvians won the Eurovision in Tallin, the former chief of entertainment in the Swedish broadcaster, Svante Stockselius, was contacted by Latvian television.

According to Expressen, this makes Sweden a “saver” of the event.

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