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Long-Standing Comedy Show Moves to Private Channel

The comedy sketch show Spaugstofan, which has been shown more or less continuously for 21 years on the Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV, has now been relocated to the private television channel Stöd 2.

“Stöd 2 is proud to be able to continue to bring to the Icelandic public Spaugstofan, which is in fact a national theater,” said Ari Edwald, CEO of 365 Media which owns Stöd 2, at a press conference in the Culture House on Tuesday, Morgunbladid reports.

“It is a rescue operation for the benefit of national interests. If there is a television program that belongs on a world heritage list of programs which shouldn’t be canceled, I believe Spaugstofan should be at the top of that list,” Edwald added.

Actors Karl Ágúst Úlfsson, Pálmi Gestsson, Örn Árnason and Sigurdur Sigurjónsson will continue to write and star in the show. “We are absolutely in seventh heaven,” said Úlfsson at the press conference. “We are very pleased to be able to continue working. We need a platform because our work isn’t finished.”

The executives of RÚV announced in early August that they had decided not to renew the contract with Spaugstofan for the upcoming winter because of a nine percent cutback.

The first Spaugstofan show on Stöd 2 will be aired on October 9 in locked programming. The show will be aired at prime time on Saturdays as usual, at 7:35 pm. The contract is for two years and Saga Film will produce the show.

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