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Eurovision: UK To Host 2023 Song Contest On Behalf Of Ukraine

Fionnuala .Jones
Fionnuala .Jones

09:39 26 Jul 2022


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Confirmed

The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the UK next year.

In a statement the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said it would be held on behalf of this year's winning broadcaster, Ukraine’s UA: PBC.

A statement from BBC Director General Tim Davie said: "It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

"Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege.

"The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.

"The BBC will now begin the process to find a host city to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023."

Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the managing board of Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC, said: "The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine.

"We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us.

"I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent."

The bidding process to select the host city will begin this week and will be jointly managed by the BBC and EBU.

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