2014 | 12 | 04

Slow TV: Unhurried Television for the Pre-Christmas Season

Modern television entertainment doesn't always need quick cuts and action scenes. Public Norwegian broadcaster NHK’s hit format “SLOW TV,” which we presented at the last MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, has achieved spectacular ratings and attracted considerable attention abroad. In the course of "Sakte TV," meaning "Slow TV" in English, programming that lasts for hours on end depicts real-time train travels, boat journeys, knitting nights, fishing sessions and more – reality TV in the truest sense of the word...

The most recent project, "Salmeboka minutt for minutt," features an uninterrupted 60 hours of choral singing, all live. On the first weekend of Advent, the contents of the entire Norwegian church hymnal were sung in succession, for a total of 899 psalms on television.

MCB 14 speaker Thomas Hellum has worked at NRK Hordaland since 1992, and is today a project manager and executive producer. He lives by the motto: "Life is best when it's a bit strange." His portfolio includes a wide variety of documentaries, infotainment programs, and since 2009, slow TV. At MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, he presented the history of slow TV – starting with a bold affirmation by NRK, including a very special journey, and ultimately encompassing a five-and-half-day trip on a coast-hugging ship, around-the-clock knitting, and a curious level of interest from abroad. According to Hellum, "All our themes are deeply rooted in Norwegian culture, which explains the good ratings. It's important that people in the country have some reference for it."

Hellum's blog post for MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, in which he writes about the origin and development of SLOW TV, can be found here.

The MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin team wishes you a lovely and unhurried Advent season!