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Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group

From left to right: Bakel Walden (SSR SRG), Rachel Ashdown (BBC), Martin Österdahl (EBU), Alexandra Wolfslast (NDR), Carla Bugalho (RTP), Felix Bergsson (RÚV), Ana Maria Bordas (RTVE), Claudio Fasulo (RAI), Ebba Adielsson (SVT), Simona Martorelli (RAI)

The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group is the executive Committee for all Members, its purpose being to control and guide the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).

The Reference Group is established by the Television Committee and its tasks are :

  • Approving the development and future format of the ESC
  • Securing the financing of the ESC
  • Modernizing the brand and raising awareness of the ESC
  • Overseeing the yearly preparation by the Host Broadcaster

The Reference Group meets four to five times each year on behalf of all Participating Broadcasters, and is required to take decisions in the general interest of the ESC.

The Reference Group is composed of the following members :

  • The Chairperson
  • Three elected members from among the Heads of Delegations
  • Two Executive Producers from previous host countries, as well as the Executive Producer of the current Host Broadcaster
  • Up to two invited members based on competence and experience
  • The EBU Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor

Group members


Bakel Walden (SSR SRG)


Ebba Adielsson (SVT)
Rachel Ashdown (BBC)
Felix Bergsson (RÚV)
Ana Maria Bordas (RTVE)
Carla Bugalho (RTP)
Claudio Fasulo (RAI)
Simona Martorelli (RAI)
Tomislav Stengl (HRT)
Alexandra Wolfslast (NDR)
Martin Österdahl (EBU)

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