The popular TV show Migrapolis, which has featured immigrants in Norway on state broadcaster NRK since 1997, is being taken off the air, largely because immigrants have now become commonplace in Norway. NRK officials don’t think there’s as great a need any longer to portray and explain Norway’s multicultural society.
“Migrapolis started as something new and different,” Otto Haug of NRK told newspaper Dagsavisen. “Today the Norwegian multicultural reality has become more integrated in the overall spectrum of TV programs.” It’s simply a “sign of the times,” Haug said, that the program has run its course after 18 years on the air.
It enjoyed consistently high ratings even though it also attracted criticism for presenting what some claimed was an overly positive view of immigrants in Norway. Its jovial tone often focused on success stories about immigrants who had mastered the local language and done well in Norway.
NRK’s decision to pull it also met criticism on Monday, but all of those working on the show will transfer to NRK’s national editorial division, where they’re already working on new program formats for both TV and radio that will also report on new aspects of multiculturalism in Norway.
NRK also decided to suspend its health and lifestyle program called Puls but will introduce a new series about health and modern lifestyles in a new format.