Johannessen lands permanent role as Discovery Norway sports director
Discovery Norway, a division of the US media giant, has appointed Morten Johannessen as its permanent sports director.
Johannessen (pictured), who has been in the role for the past year on an interim basis, succeeds Eirik Koren, who takes on a new role as editorial manager and commentator for Eurosport and Discovery.
Koren had been in the post since 2017, but spent much of the last year away from the company battling health issues.
Johannessen said in a statement: "I am very grateful for the trust I have gained and look forward to leading the work with Discovery's sports strategy in the coming years. I am especially looking forward to the work of further developing the Eliteserien... and to strengthening Discovery's sports product on Eurosport and Dplay."
Tine Astvoll Jensen, chief executive of Discovery Norway, added: "Eirik has done a brilliant job in the role of sports director. He has been responsible for some of the biggest rights in Discovery's portfolio, and contributed to the fact that today we have one of Norway's most talented sports editors. I am therefore very happy that we get to take advantage of Eirik's expertise also in the future, both in connection with the content work and the development of our sports products."
Johannessen joined Discovery Norway in 2016 as executive producer for sports, prior to which he was at Norwegian public-service broadcaster NRK, including in the role as director of sport.
Discovery's major properties in Norway are domestic soccer's top-tier Eliteserien until 2022 and the Olympic Games, as part of the wider group's pan-European deal, up to and including Paris 2024.