Jon Ola Sand new Executive Supervisor

Jon Ola Sand new Executive Supervisor
Jon Ola Sand. Photo: Fredric Arff
Geneva, Switzerland -

The European Broadcasting Union announced today that Jon Ola Sand has been appointed Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest after a pan-European search. He will start in his new position on 1 January 2011. He succeeds Svante Stockselius, who resigned after almost eight years in the job. Some 40 people from more than 10 countries applied for this prestigious position.

Experience

Sand has more than 15 years' experience in major productions and coproductions at Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and TV2 Norway as well as independent production companies. He is also a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which hands out the EMMY Awards every year. He has produced or directed a variety of programmes, such as the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the Norwegian Film Awards and the Norwegian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodi Grand Prix.

The new Executive Supervisor of Europe's favourite TV show has been Head of Delegation at the contest for Norway from 1998 to 2005. Since then, he has been commissioning editor at NRK.

"Worthy successor"

"I am confident that Jon Ola Sand will be a worthy successor of Svante Stockselius and that he will be just the capacity we need to continuously develop and enforce the values of the World's biggest entertainment TV-show," says Jørgen Franck, TV Director ad interim at the EBU. Some 40 people from more than 10 countries applied for this prestigious position.

Sand will also lead the team of Project Managers who are dealing with other productions at the EBU Television Department.

Hitting the ground running

"I am really looking forward to working with the experienced and dedicated staff at the EBU. I see a lot of opportunities on top of the already existing expertise of the current team," says Sand, who was Executive Producer of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Norway. "Not only was this the most challenging year in my career, but also the most rewarding. I am excited about the prospect of taking on this unique opportunity. My previous experience at the contest will allow me to ‘hit the ground running' when I take over in January," Sand concludes.

Event Supervisor

To underline the EBU's commitment to the growing event around the television production, Sietse Bakker has been appointed Event Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest.

In December, Eurovision.tv will pay attention to the legacy of Svante Stockselius in a series of articles about the past eight years. Leave your word of welcome to Jon Ola Sand right below!


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  • Posted on 20/May 2012 at 11:58
    @KingEuro
    Actually Ireland has won the most times (7), the UK has won 5 times alongside France and Luxemborg, tied for second most wins.

    As for Mr Sand, I've seen what you've done with the ESC so far and it's fantastic, it'll be great to see where you take it over the next few years report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/April 2012 at 15:25
    @bjorneo you've really got to stop slandering the UK Worry about your own country other than go and criticize others and answer me this question because i'm facsinated to see what answer you have to it if the uk treat the eurovision song contest as some big joke then how do you explain them winning the eurovision song contest more times than any other country? they are 5 time winners and your saying that they're not concerned about eurovision anymore? and heres another thing the uk has a huge responsibility on their shoulders this year because not only eurovision but they're shouldering the responsibility of setting up the olympics so can you at lesat cut them some slack? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28/November 2010 at 15:03
    Congratulations from France Mr Sand !

    Wishing you the best ! Une juste nomination qui je l'espère permettra au Concours de promouvoir la diversité de nos cultures,

    Vi sees report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/November 2010 at 19:36
    Congratulations Jon Ola and Sietse !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/November 2010 at 01:46
    Congratulations, Mr Sand
    Greetings from Norway,and Spain. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/November 2010 at 01:21
    I am proud of the work you and NRK did at the 2010 Eurovision song contest, and i am sure the Eurovision will develope and become even stronger uner your leadership, good luck !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/November 2010 at 00:27
    Congratulations, Mr Sand
    Greetings from Greece report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 21:51
    Good luck Jon, on a new decade of the Eurovision Song Contest!

    Tower, you're not the only one. The UK also treats Eurovision as another cheap reality TV show. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 21:27
    Is it just me? I think he's quite cute! (shallow, I know and not really anything to do with it) definitely more pleasing on the eye than Svante! I hope he does tackles things like the Orchestra, Live music playing and other issues the fans have been asking for this past few years. Good luck Mr Sand and I hope you do well and enjoy your new post. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 20:09
    I hope he could improve JESC a little. The race for Unicef should never fade and could use some more countries. :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 20:05
    We are accustomed to Svante , has a new producer... Good work you! And do not be like Svante Stockselius...!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 19:39
    Welcome Mr Sand. I hope you will be able to bring the contests to Blu-ray. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 19:26
    Good luck!

    from Germany :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 19:22
    Welcome, I hope you can bring UK public opinion back on side. At times I am ashamed of my own country, who rubbish Eurovision at every opportunity. Yet I always find real talent making the semi finals of every show.

    Tom Waller
    Electronics Technical Officer
    MV British Explorer
    Baltic Sea (BP Shipping Group) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/November 2010 at 17:41
    Congratulations, mr. Sand!
    Wish you the best and hope you'll take eurovision higher and higher :D

    Greetings from Portugal,
    Rita Alexandra report to the moderator