Tuesday 22 June 2021

Dutch language to go at Dutch world service

The Dutch world service radio organisation is planning to cut around 100 jobs by reducing its Dutch-language services to minimum levels, journalists at the state-funded organisation said on Tuesday.


The world service will instead concentrate on ‘the promotion of free speech and propagating Dutch values’ director general Jan Hoek says on the RNW website.
‘This makes RNW an important journalistic calling card for the Netherlands as a trading nation and a champion of international law,’ he said.
RNW broadcasts in several other languages, mainly relating to the Netherlands’ former colonies.
Journalists’ union NVJ said it wanted to know why the announcement had been made now, ahead of a cabinet announcement on the future of public broadcasting funding later this week.
In total, the government is expected to cut spending on public broadcasting by some €200m a year.

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