GENEVA

The European Broadcasting Union said Wednesday that it is canceling the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam due to “uncertainty” created by the wide-ranging spread of the new coronavirus.

In a statement, the Geneva-based union also cited “restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities.”

It said that “means the European Broadcasting Union has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned despite searching for alternative options to Rotterdam.

“The health of artists, staff, fans, and visitors, as well as the situation in the Netherlands, Europe, and

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