Se og Hør
Logo of the Danish and Norwegian versions
|Editor||Kim Henningsen (Denmark)
Ellen Arnstad (Norway)
Carina Löfkvist (Sweden)
Se og Hør (See and Hear) is a TV guide and celebrity journalism magazine published in three independent versions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden (where it is called Se & Hör) by the Danish company Aller Media. The Danish version is the oldest. The Danish and Swedish editions are published weekly, the Norwegian, the largest of the three, twice a week. It is the largest circulation illustrated weekly in all three countries; the Norwegian version has sometimes had the largest weekly circulation in Scandinavia.
Se og Hør first appeared in Denmark in 1939 as Det Ny Radioblad (The New Radio Magazine). In 1953 it began to cover the then new medium of television and changed its name to Se og Hør, retaining the old name as a subtitle.
Se og Hør is the largest illustrated weekly in Denmark, with average weekly sales of 133,325 in the first half of 2012. In the 1980s and early 1990s, under former editor-in-chief Mogens E. Pedersen, it sold as many as 350,000 copies a week. Since November 2006, the magazine has awarded a journalism prize worth 150,000 kroner.
The Norwegian Se og Hør began publication on 21 September 1978 as an offshoot of the Allers publication Allers Familie-Journal, based on the Danish magazine. Knut Haavik, the first editor-in-chief, remained in the position for 25 years until his retirement in 2004, when he was succeeded by Odd Johan Nelvik, who had assisted him since the beginning. In autumn 2008, Harald Haave was named editor-in-chief after a period as assistant editor-in-chief. Nelvik retained a consultant position at the magazine. In autumn 2012, Haave was replaced by Ellen Arnstad as the magazine's first female editor-in-chief.
Since September 2003, the Norwegian Se og Hør has been published twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. On 19 May 2006, the magazine launched an online version, seoghør.no, which is now the celebrity website seher.no, run by Aller Internet. As of October 2012[update], the site had approximately 450,000 unique users per week. As of January 2013[update], it ranked 74th in Norway at the Alexa Internet statistics service. David Stenerud served as its editor until May 2012, when he left and was not replaced as part of a policy of closer coordination between the website and the print magazine. In summer 2012, the magazine became available for the iPad from the Apple App Store; this mobile service had 70,000 subscribers in 2012.
In the 1990s, the Norwegian Se og Hør had the largest circulation of any Scandinavian weekly. In 2004, circulation fell 4.8% while the position of a competitor, Her og Nå, became stronger. For 2011, the figures were 178,000 for the Tuesday edition and 109,000 for the weekend edition. As of February 2012[update], in a shrinking market, it was narrowly maintaining its position as Scandinavia's biggest weekly.
The Norwegian Se og Hør has been the subject of three books by journalists. Arild Aspøy's Kjæresten fridde på dopapir: Se og Hør og kampen om privatlivet (1995; ISBN 9788203261091) explores issues of privacy raised by the magazine's editorial practices. Håvard Melnæs' En helt vanlig dag på jobben: Se og hør fra innsiden (2007; ISBN 9788248905431) recounts his experiences working there as a reporter and was the basis of the 2010 film En helt vanlig dag på jobben. Arne O. Holm's Ja, vi elsker Se og Hør: hemmelighetene bak verdens største ukebladsuksess (2007; ISBN 9788248907374) analyses the balance of celebrity stories and gossip about relatively ordinary people and the influence of the magazine's coverage.
The Swedish Se & Hör was formed in 1994 by a merger of Hänt i Veckan (founded in 1964) and Röster i radio-TV (founded in 1932 and owned by Sveriges Radio).
Its editor-in-chief is Carina Löfkvist, who succeeded Tua Lundström after the latter's death in 2009.
- Recorded statement of circulation at Dansk Oplagskontrol (pdf) (Danish)
- Kim Bretov, "SE og HØR: Ny chefredaktør", Se og Hør, 2 June 2009 (Danish)
- Espen Moe, "Mener Nelvik går i 2008", Journalisten.no, 21 August 2007, updated 25 October 2008 (Norwegian)
- "Ellen Arnstad ny sjefredaktør i Se og Hør: Ellen Arnstad (47) er ansatt som ny sjefredaktør i Se og Hør etter Harald Haave", Se og Hør, 8 October 2012 (Norwegian)
- seher.no at Alexa, retrieved 27 January 2013.
- Rune Skogseth, "Se og Hør-opplaget synker: Her og Nå større enn Se og Hør Weekend", Verdens Gang, 29 January 2005 (Norwegian)
- Circulation figures, Norwegian Media Businesses' Association (Norwegian)
- Erlend Fossbakken, "Stygge tall for ukepressen", Kampanje, 16 February 2012, updated 17 September 2012 (Norwegian)
- Terje I. Olsson, "Journalister gjengangere i Se og Hør", Journalisten.no, 22 October 2007 (Norwegian)
- Kristin Djerf, "Hon tar över på Se & Hör", Dagens Media.se, 30 October 2009 (Swedish)