Norwegians tune in to their oil history

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians have been hunkering down in front of their televisions, or clicking in online, this fall to watch a dramatic account of their homeland’s oil history unfold on state broadcaster NRK. Called Lykkeland (State of Happiness), NRK’s new TV series features vintage clothing and cars, culture clashes and a nostalgic look […]

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 […]

NHO’s boss will be missed

Colleagues at Norway’s national employers association NHO were all but mourning the looming loss of their boss, Kristin Skogen Lund, after she confirmed that she was resigning the powerful position to accept a new job as chief executive of Schibsted Group, the large Norwegian media company. Lund formerly headed Schibsted’s biggest newspaper, Aftenposten, and staff there were […]

Much-loved TV cook dies at 94

Ingrid Espelid Hovig was Norway’s first  TV cook who taught Norwegians how fish could be prepared in many ways and enjoyed, introduced them to parsley and  brought international tastes and trends into their kitchens while also perfecting Norway’s own traditions. Norwegians were having a hard time digesting her death on Friday despite her age of […]

Duck and cover! Donald hits Oslo

Calls for even more diversity at the international football tournament Norway Cup this week were at least fictionally met with the arrival of the world’s most famous ducks. A recent issue of Donald Duck & Co, a comic book more popular in Norway than almost anywhere else, features Donald Duck and his triplet nephews’ debut […]

Huge Telia deal didn’t surprise rival Telenor

The chief executive of Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor claimed it was “no surprise at all” that Telia of Sweden has agreed to pay around NOK 21 billion (USD 2.6 billion) for Norway’s cable and broadband company Get TDC Norge. The deal, subject to regulatory approval, will make Telia the country’s second-biggest company selling TV, broadband […]

Jailed reporter carries on

A highly respected reporter for Norway’s national commercial channel TV2 was vowing to carry on his work this week, despite being arrested in Pakistan, beaten by Pakistani police and thrown into jail. Kadafi Zaman was released on bail and had no intention of halting his coverage of the upcoming Pakistani election on July 25. “Now […]

Eminem accused of censorship in Oslo

A total ban on photograpy by professional media organizations at the huge recent Eminem concert in Oslo has prompted Norwegian media organizations to send a unified complaint to concert promoters and arrangers. They’re accusing Eminem himself of outright censorship of a newsworthy event. The Norwegian Editors’ Association, Press Federation, National Journalists’ Union, Publishers’ Association and Press […]

NATO can tune out Norway’s DAB radio

Thousands of ordinary Norwegian citizens aren’t the only ones frustrated and dissatisfied after Norway’s forced transition to DAB radio. It meant shutting down FM radio, and now NATO may find itself in conflict with the civilian DAB frequencies it was granted for exercises in Norway. Norwegian politicians and authorities were reportedly warned before they imposed […]

Skavlan got ‘too expensive’ for NRK

Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan and his production company Monkberry demanded more money than Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) “could or would” pay when it came time for NRK to renew its contract to air the show called Skavlan. That means Skavlan and NRK are parting company after more than 20 years of broadcasting history, with […]