Head of NTU, Eurovision 2017's host broadcaster, resigns
Eric Nocito | On 14, Nov 2016
The Director General of NTU, Eurovision 2017’s host broadcaster in Ukraine, has announced his resignation from the company. Zurab Alasania submitted his resignation to the Cabinet of Ministers, where it was approved.
Alasania stated that his main reason for resigning was due to the lack of funding for NTU and Eurovision 2017.
“Overcoming the resistance of bureaucrats is very difficult, and we didn’t complain until recently,” said Alasania. “But now we are just desperate. We wouldn’t be able to organize Eurovision in 2017.”
The EBU had the following response: “After winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the NTU and the government of Ukraine made the necessary financial commitments to the EBU to become hosts of next year’s show, in line with usual protocol. However, since then, issues have arisen regarding access to those budgets that need to be resolved. We are in constant contact with NTU in Ukraine and are doing everything we can to assist them in their hosting of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in May 2017. We can confirm that we were informed in advance, and have assurances that Zurab Alasania will continue to work with us on planning the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 until a handover with a newly appointed director general can take place.”