Traditionally, the winner of the upcoming song contest will be Ukraine, after the triumph of the Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra with the track “Stefania” in May.
Great Britain took second place in this year’s competition thanks to Sam Ryder’s performance “Space Man”.
BBC CEO Tim Davy said in a statement on Monday: “It is very regrettable that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine cannot host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
“To be invited to host the largest and most challenging music competition in the world is a great privilege.”
He went on to say that the BBC is “committed to making this event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture, as well as showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity”.
Davy confirmed that the next step would be to find a host city for the annual vocal competition. Organizers said the bidding process will begin next week.
Despite the fact that Ukraine will not host the victory, the country will automatically enter the grand final along with the so-called “big five”, the organizers said. The Big Five, which includes France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, are the countries that contributed the most financially to the competition.
Mykola Chernotitsky, head of the board of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC, expressed confidence that the two countries could work together to “add the Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite all of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebration of diversity and talent.”
The BBC has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest eight times, more than any other broadcaster.