Series wins two prizes in Cannes

NRK’s new drama series about how the oil industry changed Norway won two prizes when it debuted this week at the new International Series Festival in Cannes. Its cast and producers were celebrating. The series, called Lykkeland/State of Happiness, was one of 10 series chosen from 130 entries to be shown at the festival in […]

Oil industry drama debuts in Cannes

A new dramatic version of how Norway’s oil industry began was making its debut on Tuesday at the first Cannes International Series Festival. The new Norwegian series is the biggest TV drama ever produced in Norway, based on events that also changed the nation forever. Called Lykkeland (State of Happiness for its foreign audience), the series starts […]

Crown couple scolds magazine

Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her husband Crown Prince Haakon have once again made it clear that they only want press coverage of their children on their own terms. They publicly objected on Friday, via the official website of the Royal Palace, to a local magazine’s front-page coverage of Mette-Marit’s 21-year-old son’s new romantic relationship […]

NRK restores local news after protests

In its zeal to prepare for the future and changing viewership patterns, Norway’s state broadcaster NRK overlooked many of the millions of Norwegians currently watching NRK TV. Strong opposition to cuts in regional news programs has now prompted NRK to listen to its audience, just months after forcing through an unpopular radio revolution. The controversial […]

Norwegians tune out the radio

Both radio listening time and the numbers of Norwegians turning in to national radio station fell in 2017. A double-digit dive in listening came after Norway became the first country in the world to switch off its national FM radio transmission last year and convert to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting). The move forced everyone in Norway […]

Acclaimed journalist, author laid to rest

The chapel at Oslo’s large Vestre Gravlund cemetery was packed on Monday for the funeral of Jahn Otto Johansen, dubbed by newspaper Aftenposten as “one of the 20th century’s most important Norwegian journalists.” Johansen died on New Year’s Day at the age of 83, after an “intense” career that never ended, and illness that caught […]

FM radio fans air pirate broadcasts

Norway officially switched over to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) on a nationwide basis this week, but that doesn’t mean FM radios are only full of static around the country. Nearly 200 local FM radio stations are allowed to keep broadcasting through 2022, while DAB dislikers and FM defenders are starting up pirate broadcasts as well. […]

Russians guided around F35 base

Norway’s newly expanded Ørland Air Force Base has been kept mostly off limits for Norwegian photo-journalists and many others, but Russian officers were given a tour of it last week. The tour can be viewed as an important move towards easing recent tensions between Norway and Russia, while newspaper Aftenposten described it as a “paradox.” Defense […]

Sportscaster quits under a cloud

Davy Wathne, one of Norway’s most well-known TV personalities, claims he decided himself to resign from his longtime role as sportscaster for the national commercial channel TV2. His resignation comes after a string of complaints over his behaviour and accusations of harassment. “It has to do with my form, my style and my jargon,” Wathne, […]

NRK celebrates Norway’s first Emmy

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) was topping all its morning newscasts on Tuesday with reports of how its television drama Mammon 2 won Norway’s first Emmy Award for best international drama series during the night. The coveted Emmy was described as “historic,” and a new milestone for Norwegian television production. “This is so much fun, completly wild!” […]