|The date is 20 August 1960. The start signal is about to go for television in Norway and pulses are running high. There is intense activity up at Broadcasting House where the opening ceremony is to take place and at the Opera House in the centre of Oslo.
All goes well. Director General Kaare Fostervoll introduces the main speaker, Prime Minister Einar Gerhardsen. H.M. King Olav says a few words about the significance of television and officially opens the new medium while voicing the hope that television will help to make lives richer for the Norwegian people. This is followed by a live television show from the Opera House with circus performers, dancers, gymnasts and Nora Brockstedt with the Deep River Boys. The delighted audience stamp their feet!
After the grand opening it was back to the daily grind: insufficient technical equipment, short-staffing and thin budgets, but a lot of good television. The mainstay and in fact the most complicated production was Dagsrevyen, the evening news. It was broadcast live and varied between studio reports, telephone recordings, stills, video tapes and films, all sewn together by the news presenter behind a desk and the producer in the wings. Many things could go wrong and frequently did.