- TV4 (Sweden)
Infobox TV channel
name = TV4
logofile = TV4 logo.png
logosize = 100px
September 15, 1990
share = 22.2%
share as of = 2006
share source = [http://www.mms.se/arsrapp/%C5rsrapport%202006.pdf MMS]
country = SWE
broadcast area = SWE
web = http://www.tv4.se/
terr serv 1 = Analogue terrestrial
terr chan 1 = "(1992-2007, now digital only)"
terr serv 2 = Digital terrestrial
terr chan 2 = Channel 4
sat serv 1 =
sat chan 1 = Channel 4
sat serv 2 =
sat chan 2 = Channel 4
cable serv 1 =
cable chan 1 = Analogue
Digital channel 4
TV4 is the largest commercial
televisionchannel in Sweden. It started broadcasting by satellitein 1990and, since 1992, on the terrestrial network. In 1994, TV4 became the largest channel and remained so for a number of years. The two channels of Sveriges Television(SVT) lost more and more viewers for a couple of years. But after making schedule changes in 2001, SVT1had practically the same numbers of viewers as TV4. Since 2004 TV4 has been a fully active member of the European Broadcasting Union.
TV4 was launched on
September 15, 1990. The channel invested in an extensive news organisation and Swedish drama series. The premiere suffered from technical faults and the drama series weren't popular with critics.
In 1991, two of the channels oldest entertainment programmes premiered: the Swedish version of "
Jeopardy!" and the Saturday night bingo show " Bingolotto". Bingolotto in particular became highly popular. This year also saw TV4 awarded a license to broadcast terrestrially.
Terrestrial broadcasts started on
March 2, 1992. During this year, " Nyhetsmorgon" started and marked the introduction of weekday breakfast televisionin Sweden.
During the 1990s TV4 would broadcast several popular Friday night entertainment shows such as "
Fångarna på fortet" (Swedish version of "Fort Boyard"), " Kär och galen", " Tur i kärlek", " På rymmen", " Sikta mot stjärnorna" (" Sound-mix Show"), " Stadskampen" (" Intervilles") and " Småstjärnorna" (" Mini Playback Show").
They also broadcast several home-grown sitcoms such as "
Rena Rama Rolf" and " En fyra för tre" as well as the popular soap opera "Tre kronor".
In the early 1990s, TV4 decided to move their 7 o'clock evening news to 7.30 in order to compete with the most popular news programme, "Rapport", which, at that time, was broadcast on
SVT2. This failed and the news was subsequently moved to 6.30. In 2004, the evening news was moved to 7 o'clock, and the status quo reinstated.
In 2004, TV4 began transitioning to become a digital-only service, starting by shutting down its analogue satellite signal. [ [http://www.tv4.se/345390.html TV4 har avvecklat den analoga satelliten] ] On
September 19, 2005, TV4 began shutting down analogue terrestrial transmissions, starting at the island of Gotland. The analogue shutoff was completed by October 2007. Since 2004, TV4 has been broadcasting a Swedish version of the internationally popular Pop Idol format.
TV4 offers a mix of news, sports, drama series, soaps, entertainment, current affairs programmes, sitcoms, feature films, documentaries and phone-in shows.
Newsis an important part of TV4. It broadcasts the news program " Nyheterna", (The News)) at 7pm & 10pm and " Nyhetsmorgon" ("News Morning") in the mornings. Since 2005, it also screens two news updates during the day.
Friday nights have included family entertainment at 8pm since the early 1990s.
"Bingolotto" occupied Saturday evenings from 1991 to 2004. Then, TV4 moved Bingolotto to Sundays and started broadcasting feature films instead. With the start of
Deal or No Dealin 2006, family entertainment returned to Saturday nights.
TV4 also offers
investigative journalismprogrammes, most notably " Kalla Fakta" ("Cold Facts").
In 1994, TV4 broadcast the cult Australian prison drama Prisoner renamed "Kvinnofängelset". The show was a cult hit and was re-syndicated twice, showing each of the 692 episodes consecutively. TV4 has no plans to repeat the series a third time.
In 2003 after the surprise success of Kvinnofängelset, TV4 imported a new UK prison drama,
Bad Girls. It failed with viewers, however, and broadcasts were discontinued after 2 seasons. TV4 has no plans for further broadcasts.Fact|date=June 2007
As a part of its public service obligations, TV4 owns and operates a number of regional opt-out stations. When the regional stations were set up, they were owned by both local investors and TV4 themselves. Since the start of
TV4 Upplandin 1996, the number of stations has been sixteen. Although some stations have closed and others have been set up, the total number of stations has stayed unchanged.
TV4 brought out many of the regional stations and became the sole owner of fifteen stations in 2001. The only independent station,
TV4 Fyrstad, went bankrupt in 2003 and was replaced by TV4 Väst, owned and operated by TV4. TV4 later merged the stations into five regional companies and in 2004, a single company: TV4 Sverige AB.
As of 2008, these are the local TV4 stations:
TV4 Gävle Dalarna
After the closedown of the analogue transmitters and the termination of TV4's public service obligations, the pattern of the local stations is due to a major overhaul which will see the number of local stations increase.
As TV4 was broadcast from Sweden, it has to follow much tighter advertising rules than its main competitors, TV3 and Kanal 5. Initially this meant that TV4 was not allowed to include advertising breaks, meaning that the advertising had to be put in between the programmes.
Nonetheless, TV4 felt the urge to include advertising breaks. Therefore, it made several "Inför" programmes. The "Inför" programmes were short versions of TV4 programmes that were scheduled in the middle of programmes. For example, "Fångarna på fortet" would be divided into two parts and in between these, "Inför Bingolotto" would be shown. This allowed TV4 to broadcast advertising in the gaps between "Inför Bingolotto" and the two halves of "Fångarna på fortet".
The Broadcasting Commission repeatedly ruled that the "Inför" programmes couldn't be considered as real programmes. In 2000 they were replaced by a programme called "Dagens namn", in which the current
namesdaywas mentioned. This was later on replaced by "Om en bok" in which famous people presented a book they enjoyed.
This ended in April 2002 when a new Radio and TV Law came into force, allowing TV4 to interrupt its programmes for advertising, but not to the same extent as TV3 and Kanal 5.
The Radio and TV Law also restricted the amount of advertising that can be shown to ten percent of the programming.
Since TV4 was the only commercial channel allowed to broadcast terrestrially, it had to pay a special fee to the government, consisting of a fixed fee and a variable element based on the amount of advertising that TV4 sells. TV4 worked to have this fee removed, especially with the launch of digital terrestrial television.
The new centre-right government intends to relax the advertising rules. TV4 would then broadcast up to twelve minutes of advertising (as opposed to the previous ten minutes in prime time and eight minutes during other time). The amount of advertising overall would also raise from ten percent to fifteen percent, giving TV4 the same rules as the UK-based broadcasters. [ [http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/8307/a/83326 Annonstid i radio och TV] , Swedish Ministry of Culture]
While showing the
Nicolas Cagemovie The Family Manon 24 November 2007, TV4 cut the movie prematurely for a commercial break only seconds from the climax of the movie. After the commercial break, the channel went on to show the next scheduled movie, Turn It Up, instead of the final part of The Family Man. [ [http://tv4nyheterna.se/1.216458/noje/2007/11/25/tittarstorm Tittarstorm - TV4:s lördagsfilm bröts just före slutet] ]
In 2007, their edition of the Idol series was won by
Marie Picasso, who was employed at the channel for several call-in game-shows at the time of her appearance.
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