Russia: VGTRK, Channel One and Ostankino withdraw from the EBU
All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), Channel One and the Ostankino radio house have announced their withdrawal from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Following yesterday’s statement by the EBU that expelled Russia from the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 due to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the Russian radio and television station announced today their withdrawal from the EBU.
The Russian broadcasters of Channel One, VGTRK and Ostankino reported in a joint press release:
“Channel One, VGTRK and Ostankino radio house announce their withdrawal from the European Broadcasting Union in response to Russia’s exclusion from the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which we regard as an inappropriate political sacrifice at a music forum that has always emphasized its non-political status.”
The statement of the broadcasters further on says :
The removal of the Russian Federation from the contest is far from the first example associated with Eurovision and confirming this non-political status. For example, the song “1944” by Ukrainian singer Jamala, which won the contest in 2016, was an “open political manifesto. Unfortunately, the EBU has turned into a club whose members are in unequal conditions. And we consider it impossible for us to remain in it further.”
Following reports that Russian broadcasters had decided to leave the EBU, European Broadcasting Union issued a statement saying they had not received any official documents regarding their departure.
However, on Monday 28, the European Broadcasting Union will discuss the suspension of Russian member radio and television stations, as revealed to Publika.ge by Tinatin Berdzenishvili, a member of the Media Committee.