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TV 2’s ambitious project MediaCity Bergen becomes a reality

In 2013 the Norwegian TV 2 initiated for the ambitious project MediaCity Bergen seeking to collect Bergen's six largest media companies under one roof. It was officially announced last Friday that the media companies will move into MediaCity Bergen in 2017.

It was finally decided last Friday after long negotiations that six of Bergen's largest media companies are moving together in a large media house in 2017. Egmont-owned Norwegian TV 2 kickstarted the original initiative in 2013 in an attempt to build a creative environment and collect the strongest media forces in one place.

With up to 1200 media workers and media students on 45,000 square-meter, MediaCity Bergen will be the first of its kind in Scandinavia. It is set to open in 2017.

TV 2, NRK, Bergens Tidende, Bergensavisen, the Media Programmes at the University of Bergen and the graphics company Vizrt are all future residents of MediaCity Bergen. At TV 2 they are looking forward to living in an environment of new input, creativity and new development opportunities for the future of journalism.

"We need a new environment and believe that the move will be crucial to TV 2's development. Norwegian media have to compete, but they also need to see the opportunities for cooperation including on technology and research. It is an important day for TV 2," says the CEO at TV 2, Alf Hildrum.

TV 2 is proud that their initiative has lead to the establishment of the MediaCity Bergen. The project strengthens the role of the media in Bergen, according to TV 2.

"The media industry in in a period of huge change. We therefore believe in pooling creativity and generating shared knowledge across the different organizations. I look forward to a modern, functional and flexible media house that will improve efficiency in television production," says Alf hildrum.

The construction of MediaCity Bergen will begin in early 2015. MediaCity Bergen will be located on Lars Hilles Gate 30 in Bergen.