UKRAINE – Without any penalties to Russia (at least yet), the European Broadcasting Union is reported to have imposed a financial penalty to UA:PBC:. The European Broadcasting Union said on Thursday that Ukraine faced a large fine due to severe delays in the organization of May’s Eurovision song contest in Kiev and a lack of cooperation with the EBU over the participation of a Russian artist.
“As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered,” the EBU said in a statement.” Therefore the contest’s steering committee … has recommended that UA:PBC (Ukraine’s state broadcaster) should receive a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition,” it said, without saying how much Ukraine would have to pay.
Ukraine, the host country, barred entry to the Russian contestant because she had performed in Crimea after the Ukrainian peninsula was annexed by Russia.
Following the revelation of the story, UA:PBC’s chairman, Mr Zurab Alasania criticised the EBU decision saying: “The EBU is just getting in line with the Russian Federation (which, according to our information, is also preparing its own lawsuit, punishing UA:PBC for political reasons, Euronews, which extends paws for the debts of Azarov, and many others who want to suppress recently born public broadcaster of Ukraine”.
Mr Albania revealed to local press that the fine is 200,000 Euros and he is awaiting the official EBU statement to be released. He is somehow happy that there was a fine in the end and not a ban from the Eurovision Song Contest for 2-3 years as many speculated. National broadcaster has 20 days to appeal and he is sure the penalty will change. Mr Alasania reminds us that EBU still owes money to Ukraine from sponsorship which have not been allocated.
Regarding Russia the EBU only issued a warning for not broadcasting the event and not attending the necessary heads of delegation meetings. EBU acknowledges that Russia was hurt but seeing its artist banned and therefore not showing the event was somehow justified.
Weirdly we learn all these from Reuters and other media while EBU is completely silent on the issues