The European Broadcasting Union announced the official decision a few weeks after inquiries found difficulty to meet security conditions in Ukraine.
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in the United Kingdom after a exploratory team in Ukraine concluded “that for safety and security reasons this was not possible.” Ukraine, as a winner of this year’s edition, will automatically qualify for the final, along with the ‘Big 5’ (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).
‘The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event,’ declared Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
‘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,’ said Tim Davie, BBC Director-General.
The bidding process to host the contest is expected to start this week.