Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor Vlad Yakovlev posted a vlog on his You Tube account earlier today claiming he was fired from his role at the European Broadcasting Union because “I dared to question where and how the EBU member’s funds are being used.”
The EBU’s response regarding Vlad’s ‘departure’ was published on Facebook at around 4.10pm GMT.
Upon the arrival of a new EBU Media Director in 2015 it was decided to restructure the way in which the department is organized to consolidate and safeguard the EBU’s key brands in the long term. In recent weeks Vladislav Yakovlev was offered a new role in the Live Events unit which oversees the Eurovision Song Contest, Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Young Dancers and Eurovision Young Musicians events. Unfortunately an agreement couldn’t be reached on this new role. Vlad has been valued member of the EBU staff since 2010 and the EBU would like to thank him for his work.
The news cames as a surprise when I read about it on ESCInsight. It’s rather saddening too. I met up with Vlad a couple of weeks ago at the Junior Eurovision in Sofia. Not only did he articulate a clear vision for the contest, but he demonstrated his passion for the event too.
Vlad’s unexpected departure seems like a terrific loss to what struck me during my visit to Bulgaria as a pretty good live TV programme. It’s also a loss for the Eurovision’s Young Dancer and Young Musician competitions too.