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 […]

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!” […]

NRK license fee set to disappear

Norwegians’ longtime manner of financing their state broadcaster NRK, though a license fee charged to all households with a TV, is likely to be replaced in a few years by a broader tax to support broadcast media considered to be in the public interest. Not only will proceeds from the tax be earmarked for NRK, but also […]

‘Skam (Shame)’ series set to break new record

The third season of Norway’s smash online hit series Skam (Shame) attracted 573,000 unique visitors when it was released last Sunday night. That’s likely to mean a new record when it also will be shown on TV Friday, just as the series is rolling out internationally as well. “We’re extremely satisfied,” Håkon Moslet, program chief at […]

NRK challenged on selling ‘Shame’

UPDATED: An Internet-based drama series featuring the lives of four teenage girls in Oslo has become so popular during its first year on the air that producer NRK seemed likely to find buyers for it abroad. The first episode of the series called Skam (Shame) was one of the most-seen on NRK’s “nett TV” ever, but now […]

‘Slow TV’ train ride a hit in the air

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK’s) groundbreaking “slow TV” program six years ago, which followed the entire journey of a train on the scenic route between Oslo and Bergen, has suddenly become a hit on board British Airways flights. News bureau NTB reported this week how the airline included the program in its on-board entertainment programming last year. Now […]

Norwegian wins an Emmy Award

Actress Anneke von der Lippe has become the first Norwegian to win an Emmy Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Von der Lippe won the prize for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as a police investigator in the NRK series Øyevitne (Eyewitness). “I can’t manage to think much right now, […]

‘Natural end’ for ‘Lilyhammer’

Streaming giant Netflix confirmed on Thursday that it won’t be involved in any more episodes of the popular TV series ‘Lilyhammer’ starring Steven Van Zandt. The series was produced and launched in Norway but later became an international hit. A Netflix spokesman confirmed to newspaper VG that the third and last season of the series, which starred […]

NRK and TV2 lose Olympic coverage

Television coverage of the next two Winter- and Summer Olympics has become too expensive even for Norway’s two nationally licensed broadcasters NRK and TV2. After losing out in the bidding for Olympic broadcasting rights from 2018 to 2024, both commentators and the broadcasters themselves wondered whether they’ll ever be able to air Olympic events again. NRK is Norway’s state public […]

Eurovision artists ‘should be paid’

A local organization of performing artists has accused Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) of exploiting the singers, dancers and musicians who compete in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which NRK mounts locally every year. Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett are the latest to represent Norway after winning NRK’s preliminaries earlier this spring. They call themselves simply Mørland & Debrah Scarlett, […]