EBU: Jon Ola Sand to leave position of Executive Supervisor after ESC 2020
According to EBU’s has announcment the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Mr. Jon Ola Sand, will be stepping down after the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam .
Jon Ola Sand has a long experience in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Norwegian official was Head of Delegation in Norway before becoming Executive Spervisor of ESC and was responsible too for the ESC 2010 hosted by the Norwegian broadcaster, NRK. Jon Ola Sand was the successor of Mr. Svante Stokselius since 2011 and the next edition of ESC will be Jon Ola Sand’s 10th year in power as Executive Supervisor of the competition.
Jon Ola Sand stated on his withdrawal:
The past decade at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been fantastic and exciting, but it will also be good to come home.
I have been involved with the Eurovision Song Contest for over 20 years. First as Head of Delegation for Norway, then as Executive Producer in Oslo in 2010 and I have been privileged to have been the captain of the ship in Geneva for the past 9 years.
Rotterdam will be my 10th Contest as Executive Supervisor and it seems a good time to pass on the baton and take on a new challenge at NRK. In my new role I will work to ensure that NRK continues to be a world-class public broadcaster and will be in the best possible shape for the future.
Jon Ola was Head of Live Events at the EBU making him responsible for Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Young Musicians and Eurovision Choir contests. EBU will seek for its successor and the most appropriate person to take over as Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision song contest.