Established in 1933, the NRK is the largest media organisation in Norway. It is fully-owned by the Norwegian state and financed by a TV licence fee set by the parliament. The NRK has a strong position within its domestic audience, with dominant market shares on all platforms.
The NRK has served as Host Broadcaster at numerous major events in Norway during the past decades, including Nordic World Ski Championships in Holmenkollen in 1982 and 2011 as well as the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.
Biathlon production is a flagship of NRK. Its specialist team is frequently engaged by other host countries to provide production assistance at international events, including Olympic Games and World Championships.
The International Biathlon Union (IBU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have signed an agreement granting the rights to the EBU to exploit the electronic media rights from the 2016 World Championships on an exclusive basis.
The EBU has assigned the NRK with the task of serving as Host Broadcaster for the 2016 Biathlon World Championships in Oslo in 2016.
As Host Broadcaster, the NRK is responsible for producing the live international TV and radio transmissions from competitions and ceremonies. In addition, the HB team will provide technical facilities and administrative support to rights holding broadcasters licensed by the EBU to exploit electronic media rights from the events.
The Host Broadcaster is also cooperating closely with the Local Organising Committee Oslo 2016, appointed the the EBU to be the organiser of the event.
The Host Broadcaster activities are distinguished from those of NRK in its capacity as the domestic rights holding broadcaster for the Norwegian territory.