The EBU has announced today that the Swedish TV senior Martin Österdahl will replace Mr. Jon Ola Sand as the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. Sand is stepping down from the role after 10 years, following the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.
Martin will step in his new position immediately after 2020 Grand Final on 16 May. He will also oversee the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, about to take place in the month of November.
The decision was made by the EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender together with the Chair of the ESC Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board, ZDF’s Dr Frank Dieter Freiling.
Martin Österdahl is a Swedish programme director TV executive with two decades of experience. In his experience he also was the Executive Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016 when the event was hosted by Malmö Sweden.
Talking about his new role, Martin was quoted “The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music event and the longest-running show on television. Its ability to entertain and unite people across Europe and beyond is unique and something that should never be taken for granted. I feel greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to strive for its continued evolvement and popularity into the future. I’m looking forward to joining the team in Geneva in May and can’t wait to get started.”
Mr. Jon Ola Sand twitted “I’m confident that the future of @Eurovision is in very capable hands and that Martin is the right person to take this incredible show to the next level”