Frikanalen (The Free Channel) is owned by more than 60 different non-profit organizations in Norway.
Frikanalen is an “open channel”, which means that everyone - organization or individuals – has access to air their programs on the channel. The license given by the Department of Culture permits the editor of the channel to delegate the editorial responsibility to individuals, who has to sign a contract about legal and economic liability.
Frikanalen is distributed on the digital terrestrial network, which at the end of 2010 will cover most of the country. The channel is still not available on cable or satellite.
Frikanalen is organized as an association, where each member organization has one vote.
The air time is divided into ten categories (ex. Culture, Sport, Youth, Religion etc.) and is organized with equal transmission time for each category.
The channel is financed by support from the Department of Culture and membership fee.
The channel started daily broadcasting on October 15. 2008. Until the end of 2010 Frikanalen has limited air time (from 12.00 to 17.30), but at the end of 2010, when the digitalization in Norway is completed, Frikanalen has a 24/7 operation.
The platform used by Frikanalen is developed for both broadcast and web-tv, which gives everyone a possibility to watch all contents transmitted whenever they like. This platform is based on IP solution.
For more information: postfrikanalen [dot] no