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Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest is being organised under the supervision of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The EBU is represented by the Executive Supervisor, a role fulfilled by Jon Ola Sand since 2011.
Throughout the history of the contest, the Executive Supervisor was often referred to as the EBU scrutineer, most prominently when the presenters of the contest needed confirmation that the voting had completed and that a valid result was ready to be presented.
About Jon Ola Sand
The Norwegian-born Jon Ola Sand is the current Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. He has nearly 20 years of experience in major productions and co-productions at Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and TV2 Norway as well as independent production companies.
He has produced or directed a variety of programmes, such as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the Norwegian Film Awards and the Norwegian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodi Grand Prix.
Sand is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which hands out the EMMY Awards every year.
Before becoming the contest's Executive Supervisor in 2011, Sand has been Head of Delegation at the contest for Norway from 1998 to 2005. He was commissioning editor at NRK until becoming the Executive Producer of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, after which he joined the EBU.
The role of the Executive Supervisor
The Executive Supervisor, along with a small staff, is overseeing the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union. The organisation is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Executive Supervisor and his team are the main point of contact for Participating Broadcasters, and for the EBU's organisational partners for marketing, music distribution, PR and digital matters.
For several months during the year, the team is in extensive dialogue with broadcasters to secure their participation in the contest. From the day of their victory, the Executive Supervisor is guiding and advising the Host Broadcaster in the organisation process. He is in constant contact with the Executive Producer, who is the top executive in charge of the organisation on behalf of the Host Broadcaster.
The Executive Supervisor is also enforcing the Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest upon all Participating Broadcasters. In the event of a breach of the Rules, the Executive Supervisor reports this to the Reference Group, the governing body of the contest on behalf of the Participating Broadcasters, of which he is also one of eight members.
During the live shows, the Executive Supervisor oversees the TV production and monitors the voting procedure, to make sure a valid result is being presented in accordance with the Rules. Traditionally, the Executive Supervisor is being announced by the TV presenters to confirm that a valid result is available and ready to be presented.
Executive Supervisors through the years
1956-1957: Rolf Liebermann (2)
1958-1963: Unknown (6)
1964-1965: Miroslav Vilček (2)
1966-1977: Clifford Brown (12)
1978-1992: Frank Naef (15)
1993-1995: Christian Clausen (3)
1996 and 1998-2002: Christine Marchal-Ortiz (6)
1997: Marie-Claire Vionnet (1)
2003: Sarah Yuen (1)
2004-2010: Svante Stockselius (7)
2011-today: Jon Ola Sand
Since 2004, the contest has grown substantially. Not only has the contest grown from one to three live TV shows, the event organisation grew as well. Since 2011, the Executive Supervisor was supported by an Event Supervisor, to oversee and coordinate all event-related matters on behalf of the EBU.