It was announced today that Jon Ola Sand will be stepping down from his role as executive supervisor and head of live events for the EBU after the contest next May. The EBU will conduct a search for the appropriate replacement for Jon Ola Sand.
Jon Ola Sand to step down
10 years after taking the role, Jon Ola Sand will be stepping down as Executive Supervisor. Jon Ola Sand started off as the Head of Delegation for Norway. He served as the Executive Producer of the 2010 contest. The year after that, he took over the role of executive supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest. He also took over the same role for Junior Eurovision in 2016.
“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.
His role of Head of Live Events also includes overseeing other EBU contests, including the Junior Eurovision and Eurovision Young Musicians and Eurovision Young Dancers.
Jon Ola said: “The past decade at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been fantastic and exciting, but it will also be good to come home”.
Life after Eurovision?
Following the conclusion of this year’s contest, Jon Ola will be returning to his native country. Upon his return, he has secured a new role at the head office of the Norwegian broadcaster, NRK. He will be overseeing their new strategy to create a powerful, innovative and forward-looking organization.
“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.”
The Director of Media at the EBU, said the following for Jon Ola: “Jon Ola’s commitment and calm steady hand over the last decade has been invaluable to the EBU and its Members”.
“He has overseen the growth and development of the Eurovision Song Contest over the past decade and created, together with EBU Members, the most advanced entertainment show in the world helping to safeguard the longevity of this much-loved show that unites audiences from across the globe.”
While the upcoming contest is still in development, the EBU will commence a selective search for Jon Ola’s replacement.