Norwegian TV station finds winning formula with slow TV

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 14, 2016 6:27 PM

SALTSTRAUMEN, Norway - Tired of fast-paced television shows, convoluted plots and channel surfing? A Danish television station may have just the remedy -- slow TV.

Next month Norwegian public broadcaster NRK will air 12 uninterrupted hours showing the Saltstraumen, a small strait north of the Arctic Circle with the world's strongest tidal current.

It is the latest in NRK's slow TV shows, live coverage of ordinary events, that have included a seven-hour train trip across Norway, a six-day cruise ship journey and a broadcast about how to knit, beginning with shearing a sheep. The shows have been hits with viewers of NRK, which started experimenting with the format in 2009.

The Saltstraumen is due to be broadcast on May 20 from midday to midnight. It will include music, two presenters and explanations about the history, geology and nature of the tidal current that can reach speeds of up to 40 km (25 miles) in the narrow strait linking two fjords.