A power failure early Friday morning knocked all of Norwegian state broadcaster NRK’s radio stations off the air for nearly two hours. The power cut hit the main control room for NRK’s radio transmission at its Marienlyst headquarters in Oslo.
“This was quite serious for NRK,” said technology director Nils Bjarne Foss, who apologized for the broadcast disruption on a nationwide newscast Friday morning after power was restored. “This is not supposed to happen.”
He explained that NRK’s emergency electrical backup system was hit first and then the main electrical system, so the reserve systems relied on to keep programs on the air were disabled.
Foss also apologized to all listeners who use clock radios to wake up in the morning, and who may have thus overslept. Power went out at around 4:15am and radio transmission wasn’t restored until 6am, when district offices could take over and get main channel P1 back on the air.
The power failure affected all channels on both the FM frequency and digital radio (DAB). Foss stressed that NRK officials were conducting a thorough review of all systems to ensure that such an incident won’t occur again.