Line Baun Danielsen went down with stress and dropped the TV industry: ‘I got really scared’

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She felt as if she were on a ship on the high seas. Everything went smoothly for her. ‘I don’t know if I can complete it’, she had said. But she did it.

“I don’t actually know how I got home afterwards. But I remember literally crawling up the stairs and into the apartment, where my son was lying on the couch wondering what I was doing. I just had to shut down there. For everything.”

Recently, the popular former TV presenter Line Baun Danielsen turned a sharp corner. Became what she herself jokingly calls a version 6.0, who has just fearlessly embarked on a Parisian adventure and, on the whole, has lived a life with several significant turning points.

But if she has to put her finger on something that was particularly defining, she has no doubts about where it should be placed.


For more than three decades, Line Baun Danielsen has been in Danes' living rooms and has been one of the most popular TV hosts.

For more than three decades, Line Baun Danielsen has been in Danes’ living rooms and has been one of the most popular TV hosts.
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“That forced me to take new paths,” she says of the turning point, which you can read more about later.

For more than three decades, Line Baun Danielsen has been a kind of fixed point in our lives when, as a studio host on both TV 2, DR and TV3, she has guided us through everything, big and small, from Nyhederne og Sporten to ‘Go’ morgen Danmark’ to ‘Traceless’.

‘God, you are the voice of my childhood,’ people might say if they meet her on the street.

“It actually touches me, because then I feel that it has not been in vain,” she says and smiles the well-known Line Baun Danielsen smile across the wooden table in the apartment in Gentofte, where she lives with her youngest son, Rasmus, 21.

She was 27 years old when she debuted on television in 1988. And remember it clearly.


Samuel Rachlin, Line Baun Danielsen and sports director Jørgen Steen Nielsen celebrate TV 2's one-year birthday.

Samuel Rachlin, Line Baun Danielsen and sports director Jørgen Steen Nielsen celebrate TV 2’s one-year birthday.
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“I was about to pee my pants out of fear and had a really thin voice. I was really nervous,’ Line Baun Danielsen laughs at the memory of the day when TV 2 went on air, and she, together with seasoned journalist Samuel Rachlin, had to open the ball.

As a matter of fact, as a child she had a dream of becoming a journalist – or ‘journalist’ as she consistently wrote – but had also put it on hold again.

“I didn’t get into the journalism college when I applied for upper secondary school. So I thought ‘fuck you’ and started doing something completely different,” says Line Baun Danielsen, who after university went all-in on ice hockey and helped start the women’s national team.

It was through that world that an offer to host the Danes’ new TV channel came pouring in, and she said yes.

“But I kept my student card for ten years. Thought this wouldn’t last. One day they’ll find out that you’re not a ‘journalist’,’ she says about what took her far and wide in the television world and several times secured her the nomination as female TV host of the year.

Popularity, however, turned out not to count in TV 2’s internal calculations.

Because after three successful years with ‘Go’ morgen Danmark’, the then 48-year-old Line Baun Danielsen and her co-host Ole Stephensen were fired on gray paper in 2008. Without explanation, but allegedly because they were too old.


For three years, Line Baun Danielsen and Ole Stephensen were regular – and popular – partners on 'Go' Morgen Danmark'.  Until they were fired.

For three years, Line Baun Danielsen and Ole Stephensen were regular – and popular – partners on ‘Go’ Morgen Danmark’. Until they were fired.
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“In one way or another, it was Ole and I who had to be sacrificed on that age-scaffold. And for the first time in 20 years, I experienced that the tasks were no longer in a queue. It was like having a carpet ripped out from under them financially and in terms of work.’

“I had become a single mother, so I couldn’t just sit down and say ‘something will probably happen’,” says Line Baun Danielsen, who shortly before had divorced footballer Jan Bartram, with whom she has two sons.

“At first I was very upset. But then I got angry. And anger is a really constructive emotion,’ says Line Baun Danielsen, who once again thought ‘fuck you’. And came up with something else. Namely to jump out as independent.

“I’m such a fool. Maybe because I always knew I had to fend for myself. No prince will come on the white horse.’

“Yes, I’ve had a safe upbringing, but there have been plenty of situations along the way in my life where I could have laid down and cried my eyes out: divorces and relationships that didn’t go as they should, my father who died prematurely ,’ she lists.

“But I just get up. And I did that there as well,’ says Line Baun Danielsen and emphasizes that she is not bitter at TV 2 about the dismissal.

“I’m just angry that I never got an explanation. I think they owe me that after so many years,’ she says of her old workplace.

  • Born 8 December 1961 in Hillerød
  • Started playing ice hockey as a teenager
  • Studied French and social studies at the university after matriculation
  • Applied to journalism college and was rejected
  • Worked at a language school as a teacher and was sent to Stockholm to open a department there
  • Was admitted to the Swedish national ice hockey team
  • Started the first Danish women’s national team after returning to Denmark
  • Was offered a job as a sports presenter on the new national TV station, TV 2, during negotiations for TV rights to the matches
  • Debuted on the screen on 1 October 1988 and was employed by the channel until 2001
  • Was from 2001 to 2006 a host on TV3 and DR respectively
  • Returned to TV 2 in 2006 and, together with Ole Stephensen, became a permanent host on ‘Go’ morgen Danmark’
  • Started own communications company after dismissal from TV 2 in 2009
  • From 2011-16, was a news presenter on TV 2 Lorry
  • Then resumed life as a freelancer and started her own blog for women over 45
  • Has been married to soccer player Jan Bartram
  • Mother of Emil aged 24 and Rasmus aged 21
  • Lives in a villa apartment in Gentofte with his youngest son
  • Has just bought an apartment in Paris, where she plans to spend part of her time

Despite success as an independent, the door to the television world was pryed open again a few years later, when Line Baun Danielsen appeared on the screen as a news presenter on TV 2 Lorry.

She enjoyed being back in the arena. Right up until the summer of 2016.

‘I have made a big decision in my working life. I say goodbye to TV and TV 2 Lorry’, she wrote on Facebook.

But there were weighty reasons why the popular host chose to pull the plug altogether.

Stress.

Today, she still does not know exactly why she was affected, but knows that increasing work pressure with fewer employees, more broadcasts and deadlines daily and more than 12-hour working days took its toll.

“I could feel in my head that I couldn’t. And even though I am someone who is never sick, I had strange illnesses all the time, which I chose to ignore,’ explains Line Baun Danielsen and continues:

“But I put it down and started the day by eating two Panodils to get it in advance.”

Her otherwise always good mood was also affected.

“You’re always so bloody mad,” said her children.

“And I was. Probably for a reason. But I didn’t see it myself. It’s all hops. I didn’t even notice it happening. Just trying to survive.’

But the signs – at least seen in the light of hindsight – were clear. Every time the seasoned studio host had to perform, she was mobbed. Felt like she was on a ship on the high seas. Had to cling to a table in the studio.

Twice within a few months, Line Baun Danielsen collapsed with stress.

The first time she returned quickly from her sick leave. Too fast. After only ten days she was standing there again. On shaky ground.

“I don’t know if I can complete it,” she said to a colleague. And did it. Can’t remember how she got home. Only that she climbed the stairs to the apartment.

“I was really scared. Thought ‘how will I ever get back to it alive?’. There I knew I had to make a decision.’

A landmark decision and a significant turning point.


It has been six years since Line Baun Danielsen decided to finally say goodbye to the job as TV host.

It has been six years since Line Baun Danielsen decided to finally say goodbye to the job as TV host.
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“I had already said goodbye to TV once. But not really for real. This was for real,’ says Line Baun Danielsen.

Apart from a single short-lived hosting role last summer, she has kept her promise to herself, has rediscovered skills, dusted off dreams, and created a platform as both blogger and media coach.

But they had to be dug out.

“After so many years in the industry, you don’t think you can do anything else, and because I’m not trained as a journalist, I remember thinking, after being fired in 2008, ‘what the hell can you really do?’.”

»’You can just sit on the television and interview people and be a focal point around Danes’ coffee tables. You can’t do anything else’.’

“I had forgotten what my strengths and weaknesses were. I had all that refreshed in 2016, when I resigned.’

She smiles from the other side of the long table. Is in a good place in his life. Version 6.0.

“I have learned that it is not a weakness to seek help. That there is nothing embarrassing in being fired, in going down with stress.’

“But I’ve also learned that the stupidest thing I’ve done is not listening to myself. I will never do that again.’

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