Martin Österdahl
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Martin Österdahl is the new Eurovision Boss

Martin Österdahl from Sweden has been appointed as new Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Jon Ola Sand has been Executive Supervisor for Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision for 10 years. Jon Ola steps down after Rotterdam 2020. EBU has just announced that his successor will be Martin Österdahl.

Martin Österdahl was Executive Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 (Malmö) and 2016 (Stockholm), when the contests were produced by Swedish broadcaster SVT. He was a member of the Eurovision Reference Group between 2012 and 2018. Martin has previously been SVT's programme director and head of Entertainment and Sport at SVT.

Martin is looking forward to join the team in May and can't wait to get started:

– 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.

Jean Philip De Tender, EBU Director of Media, says:

– Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade.

– The Eurovision Song Contest has been transformed under Jon Ola’s guidance, setting new standards in world-class television production. Martin is a great creative talent and has invaluable experience from his work as Executive Producer of two exceptional Contests and numerous other successful entertainment shows. He is an excellent leader and storyteller, which is core for us to work closely with EBU Members to develop and grow the world’s largest live music event in the next decade and beyond.

Jon Ola Sand will return to his native Norway to begin a new role at the head office of NRK.

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