Thursday, 28 July 2011

Oslo Bristol helps put a paper to bed

The offices of Norway's biggest selling tabloid, VG (Verdens Gang, owned by Shibsted), were badly damaged in the car bomb blast in Oslo on June 22, which killed eight people. The glass-fronted and glass-roofed building in Regjeringskvartalet (the government quarter) lies opposite the government buildings where the blast occurred.
Kristine Lowe, who works on the paper, reported: "The staff was evacuated not once but twice during the afternoon and evening – first from VG, then from its temporary workspace in Shibsted's headquerters."
In the end the company hired six suites in Oslo's Hotel Bristol, where they bought the computer equipment necessary to lay out their stories and get them to the printers. This is the paper (left) they produced for the following morning.
"It was incredibly professional," says Lowe. "I am impressed by the paper they put together under trying circumstances."

* 'Jazz on a Cold Winter's Night', set in the Hotel Bristol in Oslo, is a short story in High Times at the Hotel Bristol

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