The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC are pleased to confirm that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the UK on behalf of UA:PBC, the winning Ukrainian public broadcaster. 2022
Having come to the conclusion that unfortunately the Competition cannot be held in Ukraine next year for security reasons, the EBU has undertaken to study with UA:PBC other possible scenarios.
Following these inquiries, the BBC, runners-up in the 2022 competition, was invited by the EBU to host the 67th edition.
“We are very grateful to the BBC for agreeing to host the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023,” said Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the contest.
“In the past, the BBC has taken on the role of presenter four times on behalf of other winning countries. Continuing this tradition of solidarity, the creativity and skills of one of Europe’s most experienced public media outlets will be put at the service of Competition 2023. We are confident that the BBC will ensure that Ukraine, this year’s winner, is properly hailed and represented throughout the show.”
Mykola Chernotytskyi, Chairman of the AU:PBC Council, adds: “Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will not take place in Ukraine, but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing their solidarity with us. I am convinced that together, we will be able to to shine the Ukrainian spirit during the rally, as we bring all of Europe together again around our common values of peace, support and celebration of diversity and talent.”
Representatives from AU:PBC will work with the BBC to develop and implement the Ukrainian elements of next year’s programme. Ukraine, as the winning country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, will automatically qualify for the grand final of the next edition.
Tim Davie, Director General of the BBC, said: “It is very unfortunate that our Ukrainian colleagues and friends will not be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. In this context, it is a great privilege to be asked to organize the biggest and most complex music competition in the world. The BBC is committed to making this event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture, while showcasing British musical and creative diversity UK one of the most unifying shows on the 2023 music calendar.
No other European media outlet has organized the Contest as many times as the BBC. Public media hosted the protest in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998.
The host city for the 2023 edition will be designated following an application review procedure launched this week. The dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will then be announced.
The logo for the 2023 event will also be revealed at a later date. It will reflect the special circumstances of next year’s Competition and the cooperation between the host country and the winners in 2022.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music show, organized every year since 1956 by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), representing public service media from 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The 2022 Competition was followed by over 180 million viewers, on television and digital platforms.