Press release, Kirkenes, Murmansk, Luleå, Oulu, September 29th 2015
On Monday 28th of September, Thomas Nilsen was fired from his position as chief editor of the online news site BarentsObserver by the owners of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the three Northern Norwegian county administrations.
STATEMENT FROM BARENTS PRESS INTERNATIONAL, CONCERNING THE RESTRICTION OF BARENTSOBSERVERS' EDITORIAL FREEDOM
Politicians go ahead with joint Nordic television channel
Deliberations on a new joint Nordic television channel have recently attracted a lot of attention in the Nordic countries. The Nordic Council's Culture and Education Committee will now proceed with the idea of a new television channel for Nordic viewers.
MPs from the committee will now set up a working group to examine the possibilities of establishing a new joint Nordic television programme. At the same time, a number of experts will review the legal, technical and economic challenges.
The Culture and Education Committee has already held a seminar on the future of Nordic public service co-operation during the Nordic Council's meetings in Oslo on 14 April. The Nordic Council cannot make the decision to establish a common television channel itself. It is therefore up to the Nordic governments to agree on a new common television channel inspired by the Franco-German cultural channel Arte.
Ultimately, it will be a joint decision by the governments in each of the Nordic countries on whether to establish a new joint channel. Therefore, MPs are already interested in entering into a close dialogue with industry and with the Nordic public service broadcasters on the possibilities of a close collaboration on the future channel.