The TV director responds to media reports about an online petition, initiated by fans (scotlandineurovision.eu), to raise support for a Scottish Eurovision Song Contest entry.
“We are delighted to see the growing interest in Scotland to join the Eurovision Song Contest. It shows that, despite the emotions that came with the UK's disappointing results over the past years, there is still a strong following for the contest,” says Erichsen.
Currently, the BBC represents the United Kingdom as whole, and thus already represents the constituent countries England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. On the petition's website, fans suggest to rotate the right of representing the UK amongst these constituent countries. “Whatever scenario the BBC prefers, now and in the future, we are always open for a constructive dialogue that leads to a stronger Eurovision Song Contest, both with our Members, as well as with the public. But at the end of the day it is up to the BBC to decide,” Erichsen underlines.