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History of Swedish Radio

AB Radiotjänst, as Swedish Radio was originally called, starts broadcasting on New Year’s Day. In the beginning, AB Radiotjänst was jointly owned by a number of newspapers, news agencies and the radio industry.

On weekdays there are 30-minute broadcasts at midday and at 6 pm. On Sundays AB Radiotjänst broadcasts the morning service as well as in the afternoon and evenings.

The first female announcer, Margareta de Geer, is heard on the radio.

There are now 8 hours of daily broadcasts.

Daily news broadcasts “Dagens Eko” start.

During the war, the company broadens its activities with the start of External Service broadcasts in several languages.

After the war, AB Radiotjänst starts broadcasting more entertainment and news programmes.

The company launches a second national radio channel: P2.

AB Radiotjänst becomes Sveriges Radio AB (Swedish Radio Ltd.), following the start of regular television broadcasts. Various civic organisations are added as shareholders.

The third national channel – P3 – is launched. It started out as an alternative to commercial pirate radio.

The first regional broadcasts start.

The profiles of the three channels P1, P2 and P3 are made more distinct: P1 is the talk channel, P2 broadcasts regional programmes and serious music, P3 broadcasts music and news.

Finnish language programmes start.

The first local radio broadcasts.

The Swedish Local Radio Company is formed and starts transmissions from 24 local stations around the country. There are daily broadcasts in the early mornings, at noon, and in the late afternoon on P3.

SR is reorganised into a group of companies. SR is made into the parent company of four subsidiary companies: Swedish National Radio, Swedish Local Radio, Swedish Television and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Corporation.

The Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is murdered. SR starts around-the-clock news broadcasts after the incident.

Local radio now broadcasts on a channel of its own: P4.

The parent company is dissolved and the two radio companies are merged into Sveriges Radio (Swedish Radio), comprised of four national and 25 regional networks. SR’s radio monopoly ends with the government’s decision to permit commercial local radio.

SR starts regular DAB broadcasts.

The Finnish speaking digital channel P7 Sisuradio is launched.

SR starts streaming three of its channels on the Internet.

The Swedish Radio website receives an award for best website.

The launch of three new music-based web channels: P3 Rockster, P3 Street and P3 Svea. SR broadens its DAB activities by adding a new, multi-cultural channel to the existing selection.

The 80th anniversary of SR is celebrated with festivals in four different cities. All of SR’s local channels are made available on the web. SR launches a podcasting service and starts streaming radio for mobile phones.

SR now broadcasts 9 channels over 3G networks and 7 digital radio channels. SR launches the ”30 day archive” which gives access to almost all programmes on the web for 30 days following the original FM broadcast.

The new online children's channel "Radioapans knattekanal" is launched. The P4 channels organise a national song contest for the firts time, "Svensktoppen nästa", which is to become an annual event.

SR ends short and medium wave broadcasts. A new website is launched. It receives great reviews and is awarded a prize for "Best Media Website" by the magazine Internet World.

Grunden i vår journalistik är trovärdighet och opartiskhet. Sveriges Radio är oberoende i förhållande till politiska, religiösa, ekonomiska, offentliga och privata särintressen.
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