Swedish broadcaster investigated for Nazi joke during Olympics

A television show focusing on the Olympic Games has been reported to the Swedish Broadcasting Commission for allegedly making offensive comments regarding Germany's Nazi history on live television, a Swedish daily reported this week.

Swedish broadcaster investigated for Nazi joke during Olympics
The German football team got spanked by Brazil - but Nazi jokes? Photo: DPA

On Tuesday, presenter Rickard Olsson made a joke on live TV about Germans and Nazis when referring to the German women’s football team’s loss against the Brazilians in the Olympic semi-final.

“There is something about Hitler and Germany that somehow makes it difficult to feel sorry for them when they get slaughtered at football. You just think, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Hitler”, said Olsson on his live chat show ‘Olssons studio’.

The Swedish Broadcasting Commission (SBC) has received eight official complaints about the presenter’s outburst according to the daily, Aftonbladet.

The SBC is a national authority that oversees radio and television broadcasts and determines whether a broadcast complies with the provisions of the Radio and Television Act and the licenses granted by the government.

The SBC’s Per Sandén is in charge of the case. He told Aftonbladet that he would have to watch a tape of the programme and review the matter within the next couple of weeks.

If the show is not immediately cleared, Swedish public broadcasting company SVT could be forced to present an official explanation, after which the SBC will judge the situation. The whole procedure could take months, Sandén said.