Exclusive: Reference Group meets in Oslo11 September 2009 at 11:40 CEST
Yuri Aksyuta, Executive Producer of Moscow 2009, will present the final report of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Traditionally, the group also evaluates the format of the contest to see whether improvements can be made. As announced before, the Reference Group will also look into the Azerbaijani voting case.
At 12:00 CET, the group will head for the Fornebu Arena, the venue of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, where some exciting news will be announced at a special press conference. At 14:00 CET, you can read all about this announcement here on Eurovision.tv. The contest's Reference Group will also inspect the premises, where Europe's favourite TV-show will see it's 55th anniversary next year.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the group will talk about various aspects of the Eurovision Song Contest, such as communications, public relations, new media, merchandise, the official CD and DVD.
The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group is the executive Expert Committee for all Members, its purpose being to control and guide the Eurovision Song Contest. The Reference Group was established by the European Broadcasting Union's Television Committee in 1998 and its main tasks are approving the development and future format of the Eurovision Song Contest, securing the financing, modernizing the brand and raising awareness and overseeing the yearly preparation by the Host Broadcaster. The group is headed by Ruurd Bierman. Members are Svante Stockselius (Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU), Julian Vignoles (RTÉ), Christer Björkman (SVT), Federico Ilano (TVE), Sandra Šuša (Executive Producer of Belgrade 2008), Yuri Aksyuta (Executive Producer of Moscow 2009) and Jon Ola Sand (Executive Producer of Oslo 2010). The terms of Miša Molk (RTVSLO) and Kjell Ekholm (YLE) ended after Moscow 2009.