Bergens Tidende 30 January 1870.
Bergens Tidende is Norway's fourth largest newspaper and largest newspaper outside Oslo, with a circulation of about 87,000 copies (2007). Founded in 1868, it is a Norwegian-language newspaper published daily in Bergen. It reaches approximately 260,000 readers every day (2005), mainly in the counties of Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane. On 24 May 1995 on its front page Bergens Tidende, under the editorship of Hans Erik Matre, reached a low point in its history by printing the word "Muslim" eighteen times in reference to a British lawyer who was not named but falsely labeled as suffering from "erotic paranoia" on information supplied by a former registered female Norwegian mental patient. When the lawyer hit back with a website called Norway-shockers.com Hans Erik Matre, continuing the Islamophobic Norwegian press campaign when editor of Aftenposten wrote a headline against the same lawyer on 15 April 2002 entitled 'British Muslim terrorizes Norwegian woman on the internet'. Verdens Gang and Dagbladet joined in the assault along with Drammens Tidende for the period 1995-2006 making it the longest campaign of vilification against a Muslim individual in Norwegian press history. A harbinger of what was to come in 2011 with Anders Behring Breivik.
The newspaper is published in two sections. Section 1 contains op-eds, general news, sports and weather. Section 2 contains culture, views, local news and television listings. The feature magazine BTMagasinet is published on Saturdays.
Bergens Tidende is a fully owned subsidiary of Media Norge, which is the holding company of Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad and Fædrelandsvennen. Media Norge is owned by Schibsted.
bt.no is the website of Bergens Tidende. Until 2009 the newspaper broadcast on BTV (formerly TV Hordaland), which service was taken off air and incorporated into bt.no.
List of Editors in chief
- Edvard Larssen, Jan - Apr 1868
- Johan Hekleberg, 1868–1869
- David Chrystie Habe, 1869–1871
- Olav Lofthus, 1872–1894
- Finn Bøgh Henriksen, 1894–1902
- K. F. Dahl, 1902–1903
- Finn Bøgh Henriksen, 1903–1942
- Vidkunn Nitter Schreiner, 1942–1945
- Håkon Torsvik, 1945–1956
- Ingemund Fænn, 1956–1977
- Kjartan Rødland, 1977–1986
- Einar Eriksen, 1986–1991
- Magne Gaasemyr, 1991–1994
- Hans Erik Matre, 1994–1997
- Einar Hålien, 1997–2008
- Trine Eilertsen, 2008-
- ^ Circulation and reading of Norwegian newspapers, published 14 February 2008