The BBC is in talks to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the UK, with Glasgow as the announced host city after organizers ruled out hosting this year’s winner, Ukraine.
There has been speculation that Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena could host Eurovision 2023 next May.
The Hydro has schedules like Magic Mike Arena Tour on April 25th, Andre Rieu on May 27th and Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours on June 2nd-4th, but nothing else in the month of May at this time.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said that after a “full assessment and feasibility study” it had concluded that the “security and operational guarantees” needed to host the event were granted by Ukrainian public broadcaster UA :PBC could not be met.
In a statement published online, the EBU thanked UA:PBC for their “full cooperation and commitment in examining all scenarios” but shared their “sadness and disappointment” that the competition cannot take place in the war-torn country.
“The EBU has supported UA:PBC in a number of areas since the invasion. We will ensure that this support continues so that UA:PBC can maintain the vital service they provide to Ukrainians,” it said.
“As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now enter into talks with the BBC, as this year’s runners-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.
a set of circumstances that anyone would wish for.
“After their decision we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Nicola Sturgeon tweeted welcoming reports linking Glasgow as the next host city.
She tweeted: “We wish @Eurovision could be in Ukraine but understand that this may not be possible. However, I can imagine a perfect spot on the banks of the River Clyde! @scotgov enjoys chatting with the BBC, @GlasgowCC @EBU_HQ and others.”