UKRAINE – Without any press release at least by the Ukrainian national broadcaster to at least explain what is happening in Kyiv, information reaching the international news desks are creating confusing atmosphere all over Europe.
During an interview which is set to be aired today Acting Director General of NTU, admitted that the country is a month behind schedule into hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 implying that the final decision of whether Kyiv will finally host the event will be taken by the EBU on December 8th.
Mr Kharebin told TSN that: In early October, the European Broadcasting Union as the owner of the brand Eurovision gave NTU a red card for preparations and the disruption to preparations for Eurovision. He stated that the reasons for the red card from the EBU were bureaucracy, inadequate legislation and dismissive attitude of some officials for the competition. Mr Kharebin’s predecessor Zurab Alasania resigned from his role as Director General of NTU due to numerous issues the broadcaster was facing with regards to securing funding from the Ukrainian Government.
EBU’s Eurovision Executive Supervisor Mr Jon Ola Sand in all of his interviews emphasises the fact that the organisers in Ukraine are behind schedule but he remains optimistic about the procedures. NTU executives vowed against the international media who started publishing pompous headlines about it but to be honest they were somehow unfair since NTU should have had a press office to make a proper press release and explain the situation.
To be alarmed or not? Well more than 2,000 media and press representatives, fan press and more than 5,000 fans are waiting to book their trip for Kyiv. There are a lot of people who have booked flights and hotels, a cost that could simply destroy any chance to move themselves in another country if Kyiv will not host the event.