Eurovision 2017: “Ukraine faces large fine after Russia row”

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. This reports the press agency Reuters.

“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.

According to the TASS news agency, the EBU has issued Russia’s First Channel with a reprimand for not attending the Heads of Delegation meeting in March and for choosing not to broadcast the live shows.