The European Broadcasting Union states that there are, among other things, the dangers of air strikes by aircraft, drones or missiles that can cause a large number of casualties. The umbrella organization also obtained safety advice from third parties, which also showed that the risk of a major accident was very high.
Furthermore, there were concerns that delegations and participants were willing to travel to Ukraine at all should the war continue. The European Broadcasting Union considered whether a song contest in a border location in a neighboring country was feasible, but the locations and infrastructure did not meet the requirements. “So we made the decision, with regret in our hearts, to move to another country,” the EBU said.
After the first announcement last Friday, Ukrainian radio station UA said: PBC has demanded new negotiations. Unlike the EBU, the presenter definitely saw possibilities for the song festival in Ukraine and was also angry that the decision was made without his knowledge.
In addition, many British politicians also felt that Ukraine could organize the event, because the country won the festival fairly. One of them was Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He said after a visit to Kyiv that Ukraine deserved it. The comments came after the European Broadcasting Union announced that Britain had now entered the picture as a potential regulator. Talks are now underway with the BBC.
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