The European Broadcasting Union announced Martin Österdahl as the new Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest. He takes over from Jon Ola Sand.
Österdahl previously served as the Executive Producer in 2013 and 2016, the last two times the contest was held in Sweden. He also has experience as a member of the Reference Group from 2012 to 2018.
In his announcement, EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender said, “Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade.”
“I feel greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to strive for its continued evolvement and popularity into the future,” said Österdahl. “I’m looking forward to joining the team in Geneva in May and can’t wait to get started.”
Österdahl takes over from current Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, who will step down after this year’s competition in Rotterdam. He will begin his tenure immediately after the Grand Final on 16 May.
Sand had congratulatory words for his successor saying, “I’ve been working alongside Martin Österdahl for many years. I’m confident that the future of the Eurovision Song Contest is in very capable hands and that Martin is the right person to take this incredible show to the next level.”