P4 RADIO NORWAY’S LICENCE TO EXPIRE AT END OF 2003
The Norwegian government has announced that it has decided not to renew
the national radio broadcasting license of P4 Radio Hele Norge. Modern
Times Group MTG AB owns 33% of P4 Radio alongside a group of other
international investors, and the Company’s shares are quoted on The Oslo
Stock Exchange. Norway’s Ministry of Church and Culture announced late
on Friday that Norway’s only national commercial radio broadcasting
licence, which expires at the end of 2003, is to be awarded by the
Norwegian government to a rival bidder.
Hans Holger Albrecht, President & CEO of MTG, commented: “We share P4’s
view that this is an absurd decision. We fully support P4’s insistence
on obtaining a full explanation from both the Ministry and the Norwegian
government, as well as P4’s decision to challenge this judgement in the
“P4 has been broadcasting successful radio programmes for nearly ten
years now and has proven its popularity with both listeners and
advertisers, which suggests that this decision has not been taken in the
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