Earlier this year, we reported that EU broadcasters have released an open letter to DR about proposed budget cuts.
It turns out that these plans have now come to fruition, as Danish commentator Ole Tøpholm has revealed that he has been laid off as part of the cuts, which involve DR reducing its number of employees by 20%.
“Feeling Hurt and Discarded”
Tøpholm posted on social media the news that he has been laid off from his position, along with the following picture:
I’ve been employed in DR for almost 19 years. I enjoy it every day. It’s fun and a huge privilege.
But as a result of the great austerity of 20%. I lose my job as a news host at DR City in Copenhagen. I’m really sorry, and it actually hurts to feel discarded.
Instead, I have 14 days to consider another position at DR in NæstvedTøpholm on finding out he has been laid off
Since revealing the news, Ole has not confirmed if he has taken up the other position offered by DR.
Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest
Denmark first appeared at the contest in the second edition in 1957 and has since participated a total of 46 times. It has won the contest three times: in 1963 with Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, in 2000 with the Olsen Brothers and in 2013 with Emmelie de Forest.
Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, it has failed to reach the final on four occasions. In Lisbon, Rasmussen flew the Danish flag with “Higher Ground”. He reached 9th place in the grand final with 229 points. It was Denmark’s first top 10 result since 2014, when the contest took place on home soil.
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