Swedish public radio is creating one, big multi-language newsroomEkojouren. Medarbetare Ekot, Ekojouren. Photo: Mattias Ahlm/Sveriges Radio

Swedish public radio is creating one, big multi-language newsroom

Publicerad: 22 January 2016, kl. 9:36

The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation (SR) is making some organizational changes to its news divisions in order to create one, big, multi-language newsroom.

Adam Jönsson

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.

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