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Österdahl becomes ESC Executive Supervisor

Martin Österdahl, a senior TV executive with two decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) and Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC). The decision was made by the EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender together with the Chair of the ESC Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board, ZDF’s Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling.

Österdahl was Executive Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016 when the event was hosted by Swedish EBU Member SVT in Malmö and Stockholm and was a member of the ESC Reference Group between 2012 and 2018. 

He will take over from Jon Ola Sand, who is stepping down after 10 years in the role, following the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. He will return to Norway to begin a new role at the head office of NRK.

Österdahl was previously Programme Director and Commissioner of Entertainment & Sport at SVT where he was responsible for many of their highest rating primetime shows. He has extensive international experience in the music and media industries having also worked in the UK, Russia, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.

“Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade,” said EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender.

“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.” 

The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest oversees the preparation and organization of the event on behalf of the EBU. Together with their team, they provide the main point of contact for over 40 participating EBU Members and are in charge of the operation on their behalf, ensuring the Song Contest is delivered annually by the Host Broadcaster in accordance with the ESC rules.

Österdahl will begin working on the Eurovision Song Contest at the end of April and take over the Executive Supervisor role immediately after this year’s Grand Final on 16 May. He will also oversee the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, now in its 18th year, which is expected to take place in November. (1/20)

picture: Martin Österdahl ©EBU

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