🇷🇺 EBU Suspends Russian Members

The European Broadcasting Union suspended its Russian members from serving in all EBU governance groups.

The EBU released the following statement:

“The EBU Executive Board, in light of ongoing events in Ukraine, has decided to suspend representatives from its three Russian Members (RTR, Channel One and RDO) from serving in its governance groups, including the Executive Board and all Statutory Committees. This follows the decision taken last week to exclude Russia from the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

In taking this action, the Executive Board took note of the public statement issued by the three Member organizations on 26 February announcing their intention to withdraw from the EBU. A decision taken as a direct result of Russia’s exclusion from the Song Contest. The Members have verbally confirmed to us their intent to leave and we are awaiting their formal confirmation.

The suspension will remain in effect until further notice has been given by the Executive Board.”

Channel One was a member of the EBU since 1995, VGTRK since 1993 and Radio Dom Ostankino since 1996. With their suspension in place, the broadcasters will no longer be able to take part in the Eurovision family of events or have access to content such as sports events, news and music programming.