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Thinker445 posts since 14 Dec 2005
Earlier this year the Danish government announced major cuts for Denmark's broadcaster DR that will see hundreds loose their jobs and funding decreased by 20 percent until 2021. Today DR announced what channels they are going to close. The money saved will be diverted to a fund that provides production support for other producers. The changes will be implemented in 2020.

DR3 and DR Ultra (similar to BBC Three and CBBC) will "move online".
DRK (similar to BBC Four) will merge into DR2. There will also be a new "cultural" offering online called DR2+.
DR1 and DR Ramasjang (BBC One and Cbeebies) will remain as they are.
Three digital radio stations, P6 Beat, P7 Mix and P8 Jazz, are also closing.
Altogether, DR is moving from six to three TV channels and from eight to five radio stations.

Article in English:
https://www.thelocal.dk/20180918/danish-broadcaster-to-merge-close-stations-as-major-cutbacks-take-effect
Some Danish links from DR:
https://www.dr.dk/presse/omfattende-forandringer-i-dr
https://www.dr.dk/om-dr/detnyedr
https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/indland/overblik-disse-dr-programmer-og-kanaler-lukker
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steveboswell465 posts since 8 Feb 2006
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
DR are selling this as "value over volume", which is at least a little more to the point than "delivering quality first", but the fact remains these are pretty swingeing cuts. Radio goes back to pre-DAB days, with no real change to the remaining stations to accommodate their audiences. It may be possible for IPTV/on-demand to maintain service for TV viewers, but that's a gamble that several broadcasters are currently all-in on.

They're also making a big point of saying that cutting administrative/managerial positions is responsible for "the most significant savings". For that to be the case and still lose 50% of TV channels and 33% of radio stations, you can't help but think there was considerable fat to trim in the first place!
tightrope78966 posts since 29 Dec 2005
UTV Newsline
DR have overspent on various projects, including the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and the move to their brand new, and excessive, headquarters. These projects have been riddled with corruption and nepotism. Ultimately they brought this on themselves. It doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do though....
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Thinker445 posts since 14 Dec 2005
DR have overspent on various projects, including the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and the move to their brand new, and excessive, headquarters. These projects have been riddled with corruption and nepotism. Ultimately they brought this on themselves. It doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do though....

DR moved into their current headquarters in 2006, years before the services now being cut were launched. The construction went over budget and there were severe cuts at the time, but that's not really related to the current cuts. And the problems and extra costs from Eurovision 2014 were caused within a company owned by the City of Copenhagen, which burdened the tax payers of Copenhagen, not DR.
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JamesM0984313 posts since 21 Jun 2018
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I was going to say, the nepotism issues at Eurovision were with the other company rather than DR weren't they?

That said, despite it being a great production I know the Copenhagen show cost an absolute bomb compared to most of the other shows this decade - it's the second most expensive behind Baku 2012 I believe.