Many New Yorkers have fond memories of the burning yule log on TV each Christmas Day from WPIX. Norway has one-upped it.
Norwegian public TV is broadcasting a programme showing a crackling fireplace—for 12 hours. The NRK woodathon features firewood specialists providing commentary and advice on subjects such as chopping, stacking and burning the wood.
The head of programming at NRK, Rune Moeklebust, described it as slow but noble television. “We’ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we’ll also have cultural segments with music and poems,” he said.