Norwegian artists will lose millions from less radio play

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Norwegian musical artists can lose up to six million in annual revenue when Radio Norge and P4 are no longer committed to playing Norwegian music after the New Year.

When the FM network shuts down next year, the commercial channels P4 and Radio Norge will no longer be committed to playing Norwegian music. Today, the percentage is at least 35% Norwegian music, but that finishes on January 1, reported the newspaper Klassekampen.

According to the joint Norwegian collection society for musicians, performing artists and phonogram producers, Gramo, Norwegian artists will lose 5.9 million in revenue next year if P4 and Radio Norge halve their Norwegian interests.

Gramo director, Martin Grondahl, said he thinks that estimate is reasonable, since both channels played a lot of Norwegian music at night to fill the quota.

‘We’re one hundred percent certain to get much less Norwegian music on the radio, and Gramo’s Norwegian members are going to get a lot less money’, said Grondahl.

‘Radio stations say they play what people want to hear, and then it will become ‘Stairway to Heaven’ he said.

Tove Bøygard, deputy head of the Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists, shared Grondahl’s concern.

‘After physical sales have dropped away, we are left with only the crumbs. Radio revenue is an important income for many artists. In P4 they’d prefer to hand over responsibility for playing new Norwegian music to NRK news’.

‘To introduce new publications, and unknown Norwegian music, is first and foremost a responsibility that NRK must bear’, said Kenneth Andresen of P4 Group to Klassekampen newspaper.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

1 Comment on "Norwegian artists will lose millions from less radio play"

    It is with deep contempt that i stoop to discuss the stupid folly of the norwegian government and people with regard to the eliminating of FM radio.
    The only reasnable explanatory analysis is that it is based on two factors…corruption and a public so docile as simply to abandon all power to special interests.
    That corrupt business attempts the coup is normal.
    That a populace is as apathetic as the norwegian is sick and constitutes a social disease worth exposing anthropologically.
    I have no interest in saving norway from its folly in dumping FM radio—i consider the problem condescendingly, with pity, while keeping in mind that a people so depraved as to allow itself to be raped by obviously corrupt people posing as dispassinate citizens responsible for government deserves what it gets.
    The sheer raidity of the storting decision to kill FM radio is itself suspect.
    What market research was done?
    Who among the politicians was a qualified student of media, and particularly of radio?
    Were security considerations studied?
    Was the public asked?
    How will norwegian music industry be harmed?
    Is there a policy about radio and media generally, tv, www, etc?
    Has the geography of norway been seriously considered?
    Do the cities have interests different from countryside?
    Can cities have FM while other areas not?
    Is the license fee a hoax, pretending to give folks a voice in NRK v v politicians?
    Are rights of listeners who want FM radio respected?
    Can there be privately owned FM radio stations?
    How does norway coordinate with sweden (sweden is keeping FM radio)?
    What about portable radios?
    Of course car radios will be adapted at considerable expense for drivers and great profit for exploiters.
    Compare cost to users who will buy new DAB radios, not by normal commercial choice, but by dictatorial fiat of storting!
    What will be done about disposing of radios rendered obsolete, all at once, whether little beach-radios or hi-fi in homes, e g quality tandberg receivers/amplifiers—will one DAB adapter suffice per home, or will each radio need its own?
    How about the price range, between a DAB set easy to use and reliable v v an economy/cheap model with buttons tricky to understand—why should elderly have to learn how or do without radio entirely.
    Some users of FM radios have built-in recording devices to keep shows—will DAB?
    The LED displays on DAB radios are far from adequate, with staff running them slovenly, and systems inadequate.
    Reception of DAB is quite variable, depending on location in building, construction material of building, as well as v v source of signal.
    DAB stations are not available in all parts of town (some can be heard at Bislet but not downtown, e g, Hausmannsgt).
    Who decides what will be heard where?
    What is the rush to dump FM before bugs are worked out of DAB, if they ever will be?
    Maybe ecocrim should investigate the process of decision making that led to the hasty dumping of FM—smells to me like corruption for purpose of crooked business interest.
    What if the electronics supporting DAB fail in an emergency, perhaps by sabotage—why not have FM backup?
    As to sound quality, many people, people with long experience listening to music, prefer analogue (FM) over digital, or/and want choice—democracy respects different opinions.
    Most people i have asked do not want FM dumped.
    Some are not even aware it will be, and were not properly informed at outset—it was done under the table.
    Newspaper explanations have been entirely inadequate.

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