Radio Sweden has been intensively covering media since 1948, with the launch of the program "Sweden Calling DXers". SCDX covered the then-brand new hobby of shortwave radio listening, and was massively interactive, depending almost exclusively on contributions from listeners.
The program was succeeded by the broader media magazine "MediaScan" which extended coverage to satellites and the Internet. "MediaScan" was the first radio program in English in Europe to have audio posted online. Ironically it was the Internet itself that led to Radio Sweden leaving shortwave in October 2010.
But Sweden remains a hub for media news, from radio, TV and film to social media and online services.
FM radio broadcasts should be replaced by digital radio services by 2022, and the TV licence fee will remain for the next six years, at least. Those are some of the highlights of the public service radio and TV bill presented by the Swedish government today.
Read more Minister: FM broadcasts scrapped by 2022
According to a new report from the Swedish Media Council, there are 145,000 unique visits every day to right wing extremist websites here.
That’s seven times the number of daily visits to the sites of all of the parties in the Swedish parliament together, including the right wing anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats.
Read more Right extremists attract most web visits
For the second time in a week, the computerized patient journal system at Stockholm’s hospitals and clinics has crashed.
The crash means longer waiting times for patients, since personnel cannot add new information to their journals.
Read more Computer crash for Stockholm's healthcare
Swedish security against IT attacks is being tightened, as Wednesday will mark one year since Julian Assange stepped into the Ecuadorian embassy in London asking for asylum. The Wikileaks founder had just lost a court hearing about his requested extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex assault allegations.
Anders Ahlqvist, an IT expert at the Swedish police, says “We know that every time there is an occasion like this, even if it’s only an anniversary, there’s a heightened risk.”
Read more Heightened IT security on Assange anniversary
The board of the European Broadcasting Union, of which the head of Swedish Radio is a member, is helping Greek journalists get news out to their countrymen, despite the Greek government's sudden move this week to shut down the Hellenic Broadcasting Company, ERT.
Read more "Work on two fronts" as EBU workaround puts Greek news on air
At midnight, the Greek government made an extremely sudden move and pulled the plug on the country's public broadcaster, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, or ERT, calling it a "haven of waste". Thousands of people protested outside of the headquarters north of Athens. The European Broadcasting Union issued an open letter expressing dismay.
Cilla Benkö, who is the director general of Swedish Radio, sits on the executive board of the European Broadcasting Union and tells Radio Sweden that her initial reaction to the Greek shutdown was one of anger and disbelief.
Read more Swedish Radio exec criticizes Greek public broadcaster shutdown
Facebook's giant new server hall in Sweden's northern town of Luleå was opened Wednesday lunchtime. Representatives from the social network giant and the Swedish government addressed media from several countries.
Read more Facebook unveils giant server hall in Sweden
The Left Party has requested a debate in the Swedish Parliament to discuss the US secret surveillance of computer and phone traffic. Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt says he wants the government to say whether it is planning to discuss the issue with the US government, and what steps it will be taking to ensure Swedes' correspondence will not be tapped by the US.
Read more Swedish MPs to discuss American "spying"
The European Union parliament will meet today to debate issues raised by recently leaked information about the extent of U.S. electronic surveillance programs.
Read more EU to debate American surveillance
Revelations that US agencies have gathered millions of phone records and monitored internet data as part of a secret programme called Prism have featured heavily in Swedish news reports over the weekend, as they have in much of the rest of the world. But how surprised should we really be? And how does the American legislation differ from surveillance laws carried out on this side of the Atlantic?
Read more How will Prism wire-tapping affect Swedes?
Prosecutors in the ongoing corruption investigation into telecoms company Telia Sonera have demanded that Swedish Television hand over documents believed to contain notes taken by Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the Uzbek dictator.
Read more Prosecutor demands whistleblower documents
The Swedish Armed Forces has filed a complaint to Sweden's Intelligence Service against the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet for an article it published that revealed that the Russian military had performed a mock military attack against Sweden over the Easter holiday, reports Swedish Radio news.
Read more Military reports Svenska Dagbladet to Säpo
A government commissioned study is recommending that legal penalties for hacking be increased, and the storage by ISPs of their customers’ online activities.
The report calls for the introduction of a crime of “aggravated computer intrusion” and an increase in the maximum prison sentence from two years to six.
Read more Proposal to tighten hacking sentences, store data
The so-called “Instagram” trial opens in Gothenburg District Court Monday. Two girls, aged 15 and 16, are accused of slandering about 100 fellow students on the popular photo-sharing website.
Last autumn dozens of local teens were outraged over sexual and other derogatory slurs on the site, and they vented their rage on the city streets. Police struggled to contain rowdy demonstrations at two local secondary schools as the search got underway to uncover the anonymous account holders.
Read more "Instagram" slander trial opens
An investigation into what is being called the biggest hacking attack in Swedish history has revealed problems with how the authorities handle sensitive information, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Read more Personal data was too vulnerable, says critic