The background was the revelation of blameworthy working conditions in the Chinese factory where the Teletubbies dolls are being produced (see NorWatch no. 19/98).
Weeks have passed, and TV2 still has not responded to the request. TV2's information manager, Rune Inderøy, says that they are "examining the case", and suggests that there are pirate copies of the Teletubbies dolls on the Norwegian market which complicate things. Therefore, he cannot say when FIOH will receive an answer.
Meanwhile, TV2 earns percentages of the sale of the Teletubbies dolls, for which they create increasing demand through their children's TV programme in the Christmas rush.
Why does it take so long for TV2 to investigate this? The case should be fairly straightforward: The Norwegian importer of the dolls, Brio A/S, and the English company which is responsible for the production, both confirm that Teletubbies dolls from the Chinese factory in question end in Norwegian toy stores.
This implies that TV2 profits on dolls which are produced under inhuman conditions - promoted by themselves in the weekend children's programme.
Our guess is that TV2 will not inform FIOH about the results of their investigations until after Christmas.
Norwatch Newsletter 22/98