I am very concerned to hear that the only English-language newspaper in Denmark, The Copenhagen Post, may not survive. A week before Christmas all staff had their contracts terminated.
I’m told that the owner, Ejvind Sandal, informed employees that if they could think of a way to fix the problems, then he might consider re-employing them in three months time. So far the CEO, the Editor-in-Chief and the News Editor are among those who’ve quit. They’re not saying much, but Justin Cremer, the News Editor, did tweet this a few days ago:
His second tweet reads: “Not being one for slow, painful deaths, I have counter-resigned from @cphpost.
So what does it mean for the 400,000+ expats in Denmark who don’t speak or write Danish? I, among others, rely on the Post to give me an idea of what’s going on here. I’m not going to mince my words – if the Copenhagen Post closes and there’s nothing to replace it, then I think it will be a disaster. Denmark is small and has to communicate with the outside world – including the non-Danes living inside its own borders.
As I know only too well, newspapers and regional TV news have struggled to survive in the UK. Now I don’t know what the fundamental problems are at the Copenhagen Post. But I hope the Danish government/Foreign Ministry realise just how important an English-language service is to Denmark.
They have some news in English on the DR website. However, it is rather hidden as the links to it are at the very bottom of the website. It does not have opinion pieces, though probably some blogs could fill in the gap if the Post closes. I have noticed that Jyllands Posten and Politikken have dropped their syndication of the Copenhagen Post content which probably has cost the Post a large amount of revenue. The DR used to have some news in English broadcasts on the radio, but those were scrubbed when DR Byen’s cost overruns forced significant cuts.
Thank you for that. It’s clearly not enough though and is a great pity for both Non Danes and Denmark itself. I hope the powers that be realise that!
Quite worrying to have no proper news source in English here in Denmark. I hope that Justin and perhaps others will find a solution.
Yes it sounds like Justin is working on something. It’s a great shame about the CPH Post which is nothing compared to what it was a few months ago.