(The Local) A newsreader for Norway’s state news channel has been banned from wearing a cross on air, after the programme received angry complaints from viewers.

Siv Kristin Sællmann, who reads NRK’s regional news for southern Norway, last month came on air several times wearing a discreet 1.4cm long gold cross, studded with tiny black diamonds.

Immediately, viewers began to call in with complaints, pushing Anders Sårheim, the regional editor, to instruct her not to wear the symbol in future.

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