Knut Bjørnsen

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Knut Bjørnsen
Knut Bjørnsen.jpg
Born(1932-07-26)26 July 1932
Died14 November 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 76)
OccupationSports commentator (1961–1991),
Journalist (1954–2008),
Television host (1966–1994)
Spouse(s)Karin Bjørnsen, since 1988

Knut Bjørnsen (26 July 1932 – 14 November 2008) was a sports commentator and journalist for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

In his youth, Bjørnsen was a promising speed skater, he was junior Norwegian champion in 1951.[1] He worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation between 1961 and 1991, and was NRK's main commentator for speed skating most of those years, together with fellow NRK veteran journalist Per Jorsett,[2] he also hosted the popular Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation game show Kvitt eller dobbelt ("Double or Nothing") for many years.[2] In 1991, Bjørnsen left the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, and began working for cable channel TV3, where he hosted the game show Lykkehjulet (a Norwegian adaptation of Wheel of Fortune).[1]

In his later years he spoke out as a supporter of the Progress Party, having lost his confidence in the Conservative Party.[3]

In April 2008, Bjørnsen was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and he died from the illness seven months later, on 14 November 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Andersen, Ingunn; Lars Akerhaug; Per Opsahl; Andreas Fosse (16 November 2008). "Knut Bjørnsen er død" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  2. ^ a b Sæbø, Sun Heidi; Morten Øvrebye (16 November 2008). "Knut Bjørnsen er død". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 19 November 2008.
  3. ^ Rasmussen, Trond (20 August 2007). "Lei av norsk snillisme". Fremskritt (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 March 2009.
Preceded by
Halvor Kleppen
Se og Hør's TV Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Kari Storækre and
Simon Flem Devold