EBU – It’s like when the pope died (not as dramatic of course). For my entire life the words Pope and John Paul II were inseperately connected to one another. The same is true for the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since I’m not old enough to have seen other Supervisors, since I follow the contest they always showed Svante’s face before the voting started. Now I’ll have to get used to another face (still a Scandinavian one tough, so the transmission might be smoother than with the pope). Eurovision.tv reports today that Norwegian Jon Ola Sand has been appointed Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. He thus succeeds Svante Stockselius, who resigned after almost 8 years on the job. Some 40 people from more than 10 countries applied for the job in a pan-European search. The most important post in Eurovision thus stays in Scandinavia.
Sand has worked for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and private channel TV2 Norway on major productions. He is also a member of the prestigious “International Academy of Television Arts&Sciences”, the Academy of the EMMY Awards. Among others he has produced and directed the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the Norwegian Film Awards, the Melodi Grand Prix (Norwegian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest) and even of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 (we liked that one didn’t we?)
“I am really looking forward to working with the experienced and dedicated staff at the EBU. I see a lot of opportunities on top of the already existing expertise of the current team. Not only was this the most challenging year in my career, but also the most rewarding. I am excited about the prospect of taking on this unique opportunity. My previous experience at the contest will allow me to ‘hit the ground running’ when I take over in January,” Sand told eurovision.tvSource= eurovision.tv Image source= eurovision.tv