Gunnar Gran, Norwegian media executive, Died at 84


Gunnar Gran was born on July 11, 1931 in Ålesund, and died on June 12, 2016.

He was a Norwegian media executive.

Gunnar was the son of Wilhelm Ernst Ramm Gran (1890–1979) and Marit Mogstad (1896–1982).

Gran has been married twice, the second time to Kari Fougner, an older sister of Else Bugge Fougner.

Gunnar Gran completed his secondary education in Oslo in 1950 and started philology studies.

In the early 50’s, he was hired in the Norwegian News Agency, after in 1961 and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in 1967.

Gunnar Gran served as a subeditor in the radio newscast Dagsnytt, later promoted to editor.

Gran was the director of radio from 1981 to 1986.

In his day, Norway had only one radio channel until 1984, when NRK P2 was opened.

And a new director was hired for P2, while Gran continued as director of NRK P1 only.

After he went on to become the chief executive officer of Aftenposten from 1986 to 1990, also chairing the employers’ organization Avisenes Arbeidsgiverforening from 1987 to 1990.

Gunnar Gran was then the secretary-general of the Norwegian Press Association from 1990 to 1996 (acting until 1992), then the secretary-general of the Norway-America Association from 1996 and the Norse Federation from 1999 to 2001.

The radio show executive published the books Media in Norway (1999), the memoirs Men radioen var ikke død (2000) and Til Kjølen skilte oss. Unionsoppløsningen i svensk og norsk presse.

Gran lived in Blindern.

Gunnar Gran passed away at 84 yrs old.