Sveriges Television (SVT) is a national publicly-funded television broadcaster based in Sweden. The Swedish public broadcasting system is in many respects modelled after the one used in the United Kingdom, and Sveriges Television shares many traits with its British counterpart, the BBC.
Sveriges Television is a public limited company, owned by an independent foundation, and funded through a licensing fee, which is allocated by the Swedish Riksdag. It is now separate from, but was initially part of, Sveriges Radio, which is the public radio broadcaster. Its status could be described as that of a quasi-autonomous non-government organisation.
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Sveriges Television was the first network to broadcast the reality television series Survivior in 1997. The show was named Expedition Robinson, alluding to Robinson Crusoe and was a major hit in Sweden. The show which consistently held high ratings is on its seventh and, it has been stated, final year in 2003, though it is expected to be picked up by another network in 2004. The owner of the production company for the series also controls TV3, the fourth most viewed channel in Sweden.
24 and Barnkanalen are available on free-to-air digital television in the terrestrial network. SVT Extra, which has no regular schedule, transmits live coverage of special events (chiefly sporting) when available.