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Public broadcasters to cut sport, amusement and human interest shows

Friday 11 January 2013

The Dutch public broadcasters will reduce their spending on sport, amusement shows and human interest programmes in order to meet new government spending targets, the NRC reports.

The broadcasters have drawn up a list of five priorities, public broadcast chairman Henk Hagoort said on Thursday afternoon.

This means most programming will focus on journalism, Dutch language drama and documentaries, children's programmes and 'knowledge, culture and events'.

The government is cutting spending on public broadcasting by €300m from 2014.

Hagoort did not say which programmes would be for the chop but the public broadcasters have been criticised in the past for spending money on reality tv shows like Farmer wants a wife.


In December, junior culture minister Sander Dekker said the government is planning to overhaul the way public broadcasting in the Netherlands is funded altogether.

At the moment, the public broadcasting system is funded by the state and by advertising. Television companies such as Vara and Tros have a specific religious, political or social slant and their airtime is allocated according to how many members they have.

Under the new system, funding will be allocated on the basis of programme quality, not membership numbers, Dekker said. 'We will shift from a system of 'every member counts' to 'every viewer counts',' Dekker said. 'The quality of programmes will be paramount.'

In addition, funding will be withdrawn totally for religious broadcasters such as the Catholic RKK and Buddhist programme maker Bos.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

What about all the folks that can't get out to attend a church service?

And how many "children's programmes" do we need... how about doing educational programs for ALL AGES? I do think that the kids today need to get off the TV and outside playing (MHO)

By dee | 11 January 2013 10:14 AM

(In addition, funding will be withdrawn totally for religious broadcasters such as the Catholic RKK and Buddhist programme maker Bos)

Another stealth attack on religion, I guess that they were quite upset with the Popes address against gay marriage?

By An inconvenient truth | 11 January 2013 4:00 PM

This is NL Land, do they really need a Buddhist program in the Netherlands. Make 747am a all the time music program on that frequency.

By almorr | 11 January 2013 6:51 PM

Why would anyone want TV if they have internet? TV is a guv controlled mainstream media propaganda machine to keep people entertained, but ignorant at the same time, 'nuff said?

By The visitor | 12 January 2013 5:16 PM

Religion is just another drug for which one should have to pay extra.

By Silvester | 12 January 2013 11:06 PM

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