Swedish public radio is creating one, big multi-language newsroom
The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (SR) is making some organizational changes to its news divisions in order to create one, big, multi-language newsroom.
The public service radio company is moving Radio Sweden, the newsroom responsible for broadcasting Swedish news in Arabic, Kurdish, Somali, Persian and English, to its Swedish-language news division Ekot.
‘‘We must be relevant to more groups [than we are] today. It’s incredibly important that Swedes with a different ethnic background are able to recognize themselves in the news,’’ says Björn Löfdahl, programme director at SR, in a press release. ‘‘When the Swedish society and the media consumptions are changing rapidly, there’s a need of a re-organization to gain more journalistic power.’’
Radio Sweden will continue to produce newscasts in minority languages. But as a part of the move, Radio Sweden will be able to translate stories by Ekot and vice versa.
‘‘It’s a way of getting the most out of everyone’s work, to use the resources in a smart way,’’ says Ingemar Löfgren, head of Radio Sweden.
The move will take place in April. After the move, Radio Sweden will cease publishing news in Russian and German.SRSwedish Broadcasting CorporationRadio Sweden