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EBU reduce fine for Ukraine’s banning of Yulia Samoylova

Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, has had its fine reduced by the European Broadcasting Union for its banning of Yulia Samoylova at Kyiv 2017.

The Reduced Fine

The Executive Committee of the EBU met in January to discuss the issue and decided to reduce the fine. UA:PBC will now have to pay €150,000, instead of the original €198,000 fine. This was announced by UA:PBC Chairman, Zurab Alasania, who at the same time revealed that attempts by the broadcaster to appeal the fine have been unsuccessful.

The Controversy in Kyiv

Last year, Yulia Samoylova was internally selected to represent Russia in Kyiv. However, she was later banned from entering Ukraine after Ukrainian intelligence agencies investigated her and discovered she had performed in the Crimea Peninsula in 2015. As she did not pass through the proper border control, she was in violation of Ukrainian law. Thusly, Yulia was banned from entering the country for three years.

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor EBU
In response, the EBU suggested Yulia should be able to participate by video link from Moscow. This idea was swiftly rejected by Russia’s Channel One. The Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, then proposed that the ban should be enforced only after the contest. As a result, Russia was removed from the contest after the Channel One announcement that it would not broadcast the show. The EBU released this statement at that time.
“As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered.”

The End of the Controversy?

It seems the controversy surrounding Yulia has now begun to quieten down. However, Russia has chosen Yulia to represent the country at the 2018 contest in Lisbon. Should we expect further drama this year? Especially as Russia and Ukraine are in the same Semi Final. We’ll stay tuned!

Ukraine at Eurovision

Last year, Ukraine were the hosts for Eurovision. This came after Jamala won in 2016 with her song “1944”. In Kyiv, O.Torvald represented Ukraine with “Time”. The song finished 24th in the final with 36 points.
What do you think of the reduced fine? Do you think there should be a fine at all? Let us know in the comments section below.

Matt Baker

As a writer with the Eurovision disposition it was only inevitable that I should find myself merging these two interests. If it wasn't Sonia singing "Better the Devil You Know" that got me hooked on Eurovision, then it was the Gina G banger "Just a Little Bit". The 90's is where it all started for me, who knows where I'll end up!

Comments on EBU reduce fine for Ukraine’s banning of Yulia Samoylova

  • Alice Whiting

    Where is this place called “the Ukraine” that you mention twice? You haven’t written “the Russia”, so why make up one country’s name in English, but not the other?
    The country is Ukraine.

  • http://khingkwf Matt Baker

    Good spot, Alice. The English language has moved on now. I’ve made the two changes as you’ve suggested. Many thanks

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