Skavlan loses viewers back home

Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan quickly zoomed to Scandinavian stardom when his show that started on Norway’s NRK, Skavlan, also started being carried several years ago by Swedish broadcaster SVT1. Now he’s losing viewers back home in Norway, though, after he moved the show from NRK to Norway’s national commercial TV station TV2. Skavlan […]

Show-biz ‘godfather’ mourned

Norway’s entertainment and music world was mourning the loss this week of composer and producer Egil Monn-Iversen, also known as the “godfather” and “sphinx” of Norwegian show business. Monn-Iversen died late last week at the age of 89 after a lengthy illness. His career started in the 1940s when he and his artistic partner and wife Sølvi […]

Norwegians mourn Brockstedt’s death

She was part of the national heritage in Norway. When Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) announced on national radio Wednesday night that singer Nora Brockstedt had died, at the age of 92, you could almost hear listeners’ collective “Oh,” and a sorrowful sigh. Given her advanced age, Brockstedt’s death was no surprise, but she was the kind of […]

Talent search draws critics

Norway’s government minister in charge of culture and sports, Thorhild Widvey, has launched a new program aimed at supporting and promoting young artists. The average age on the board of Widvey’s new Talent Norge venture, though, is 58, and some argue that’s a bit high, while others call the whole project a “dead end.” The […]

Critics sound sour note over music prizes

Some Norwegian music critics were singing the blues on Monday after the annual music awards show called Spellemannprisen played out on state broadcaster NRK over the weekend. Most of the criticism came over the choice of the show’s special award of merit. Often seen as a sort of lifetime achievement, the so-called Hederspris went this year […]