European Broadcasting Union suspends Russian broadcasters

Russian broadcasters VGTRK, C1R and RDO were promptly withdrawn from membership of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The board of the EBU has decided to do this in response to recent developments in Ukraine.

The decision came days after Russia was banned from participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. The three EBU affiliated broadcasters did not agree to be excluded from the event jointly organized by the EBU.

They then announced their intention to withdraw from the European Public Broadcasters Partnership. The EBU reported on Saturday that it had not received any official notice of withdrawal.

If the suspension continues, Russia will not be able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in the coming years. VGTRK and C1R were alternately responsible for the Russian entry. They have been members of the EBU since 1993 and 1995 respectively.

Last year, the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC was also suspended. At the end of May, the EBU announced that there would be no independent journalism in Belarus, possibly under pressure from the dictatorial regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. The suspension became official in July.

Source: NU