Tuesday, May 17

In short, Thursday, January 20th

We collect the newspaper’s short articles in the column «In short». Here is today’s post.

Olympics on TV. Chess on TV. Here is today’s card post.

This is a debate post. Opinions in the text are at the writer’s expense.

The Olympics on TVNorge are for everyone, not just subscribers

Halvor Hegtun writes in a comment in Aftenposten that he is concerned about the development of skiing since others than NRK now have the rights. He writes, among other things: “Next month’s Winter Olympics from the People’s Republic of China will be an event for Discovery subscribers, unsuitable for gathering a people.”

Here it is appropriate to correct Hegtun. Those who are looking forward to the Olympics should know that all the most important exercises, seen through Norwegian eyes, are shown on the TV channel TVNorge. A total of 20 hours (!) Of the Olympics are shown on TVNorge every day.

The rest can be found either on the TV channel Eurosport Norway or on the streaming service discovery +, where everything becomes available and the subscription is free for new users.

Last time Discovery showed the Winter Olympics, we did it the same way and had over a million viewers several times.

If this does not qualify as “gathering a people”, then perhaps Hegtun’s list is so high that only NRK in the 70’s could meet the viewer requirements. But 20 hours of the Olympics a day, the audience did not get it at the time.

We are ready to deliver a great Olympics to the entire Norwegian people and hope that Hegtun joins the party.

Hanne McBride, Communications Director, Discovery

There is no human right to get on TV

I do not think there is anything “distasteful about allowing people who are released from prison to become part of society again”, as one can understand Aftenposten’s leader on 18 January. I mean it tasted bad of TV 2’s choice of David Toska as chess commentator.

Everyone who becomes an “expert” on TV gets increased status. They know something, are good at something, and therefore they are on TV. But Toska is not a chess expert, he says himself. TV 2 gives him status for his criminal past.

Toska has regained her civil rights after a severe punishment. But it does not include any right to TV appearances. Toska is “part of society” even though he does not comment on chess.

Aftenposten believes that it is a “healthy and important liberal principle that you get your freedom back when you have finished your punishment”. Yes, but this is about whether crime should qualify for a TV assignment.

TV 2 thinks Toska’s chess game in prison is interesting. Then the channel can interview him about this, with the critical questions that belong in an interview. Giving him an assignment in the chess editorial office is something completely different.

Trygve Aas Olsen, professional employee, Department of Journalism


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