On Tuesday, the final meeting for 2023 of the Norwegian Broadcasting Council was held to deliberate on six complaint cases. Among the issues that took the spotlight were objections against the documentary series "Ingen elsker Bamsegutt" and sports commentator Jan Petter Saltvedt's remarks concerning the Ingebrigtsen family.
Disputed Documentary Series and Sports Commentary
The council addressed the wave of complaints regarding the documentary series and Saltvedt's comments. The documentary series, withdrawn last week, had accumulated 282 complaints, making it a much-debated topic. The council will also scrutinize NRK’s diversity work and its coverage of the war between Hamas and Israel, acting as the extended arm of the public.
The Case of Bootybuilder Man
Another significant issue tabled at the council was the reporting on Haakon Larsen, known as the "Bootybuilder man" by NRK Oslo and Viken. Larsen, who invented the Bootybuilder exercise machine, has been the center of a video series that traced his journey from a bullying victim to a successful entrepreneur. The series, however, wasn't without its critics. Media critic Kjetil Rolness and SV politician Akhtar Chaudhry questioned its value compared to other pressing societal issues that deserved NRK's attention.
Defending the Series
Despite the critiques, Chris Carlsen, the district editor for NRK Oslo and Viken, stood by the series, portraying it as an inspiring account of resilience and success. Larsen himself admitted the series could potentially be seen as promotional, but insisted it narrated a wider story about his personal and professional triumph.