11:34 24 September 2013
Organisers of Eurovision have announced that they are revising the song contest’s rules to increase accountability and openness. This follows claims that Azerbaijan, which won second place, had offered money to other countries for points.
Starting next year, the jury that represent each country will be revealed before the actual competition. Their scores will also be published right after the final. Also, music industry professionals will not be allowed to become part of the jury if they have participated on the last two prior editions of the contest.
Jon Ola Sand, the executive supervisor of the contest, said: "Tighter rules and increased openness are important for the Eurovision Song Contest to build on its success.”
"We want to make sure participants, viewers and fans know that we have done, and will always do, our utmost to secure a fair result.
"We believe in the independence of every jury member [and] I believe the fact their votes are on display will help them vote independently."
Commenting on bribery allegations, he continued: "It`s important to find who is behind the alleged attempt, and if we find any wrongdoing that originates from a participating broadcaster, the Reference Group and the TV Committee will impose sanctions according to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest.”
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