Slow TV (Book)

An Analysis of Minute-by-Minute Television in Norway

Slow TV, developed by Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK, is broadcasting in which the event on television lasts as long as in real time, and has been adopted by others including BBC Four and Netflix. This unique study discusses concepts of slowness, innovation, genre, media event, reception, local and national identity. 56 col. illus.

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Slow TV has become a familiar feature of broadcasting in Norway. It refers to a set of programmes produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) since 2009, starting out with a seven-hour broadcasting of the train ride between Bergen and Oslo. 

The concept of slow TV and ‘minute-by-minute’ broadcasting was developed so that the event on television lasts as long as in real time. Several broadcasters outside Norway, including BBC Four, YLE, SRF and Netflix, have now taken up the concept of slow TV.

The first study of this genre, this highly original book explores three different aspects of the phenomenon of slow TV: the perspective of the broadcaster, the perspective of the producers and other actors involved in the production of the programme, and that of the audience.

It goes beyond the question of genre and considers how slow TV fits into television scheduling and how the audience appeal can be understood within broader concepts such as media events, media tourism, reception and national identity. Public service broadcasters can be seen as having more opportunity to experiment, and slow TV can be seen as a good example of public service programming.  What attracts viewers to the programmes is that they invite a contemplative mode of watching: there is a chance to see something unexpected, or to be introduced to interesting new things.

Illustrated throughout in full colour, using stills from broadcast programmes.

This book will appeal primarily to an academic readership, both researchers and students. Most readers are likely to be involved with media and communication studies, cultural studies and film studies.  It will also be of interest more generally to the humanities and social sciences fields as it touches on topics such as national and local identity, popular culture, Nordic lifestyle, well-being, tradition, community and popular culture.

Roel Puijk is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer. 

Previous publications include:
Bakøy, Eva, Puijk Roel & Spicer Andrew (eds) (2017). Building Successful & Sustainable Film & Television Businesses: A Cross-National Perspective. Bristol: Intellect.

Bakøy, Eva & Puijk Roel (eds) (2012) Kvalitet i visuelle medier [Quality in visual media] Kristiansand: IJ-forlaget.

Puijk, Roel (ed.) (2008) Fjernsyn i digitale omgivelser [Television in a Digital Environment]. Kristiansand: IJ-forlaget.

Puijk, Roel (2016). Limits to Change. A Case Study of an Attempt to Innovate in NRK’s Factual Programming during the Mid-1980s. Nordicom Review, 37(1).

Puijk, Roel (2015). Slow-TV – a successful innovation in public-service broadcasting. Nordicom Review, Volum 36.(1).

Puijk, Roel (2014). Tv og nett - en produksjonsstudie fra norsk fjernsyn. Norsk Medietidsskrift, Volum 21.(1) s. 24-41.

Preface
Introduction
Slow TV – a public service concept?
Slow TV as media event - Hurtigruten
Skibladner: Slow TV and Media Tourism
Mountain hiking – minute by minute
Audience response to slow-TV
Conclusion
List of interviews

Slow TV has become a familiar concept in Norway. It refers to a set of programmes produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) since 2009, starting out with a seven-hour broadcasting of the train-ride between Bergen and Oslo. The concept of slow TV and ‘minute-by-minute’ broadcasting was developed so that the event on television lasts as long as in real time. The idea of slow TV has been taken on by several broadcasters outside Norway, including BBC Four, YLE, SRF and Netflix.

Roel Puijk explores different aspects of this phenomenon from the point of view of the producers and other actors involved in the production of the programme, from the perspective of the viewers, as well as how the programmes developed over time. It discusses theoretical concepts of slowness, innovation, genre, media event, media tourism and reception as well as local and national identity.

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