Thursday 08 December 2022

Mama Mia let me go: Queen at number 1 in Top 2000 for 19th time

Mama Mia let me go: Queen at number 1 in Top 2000 for 19th time

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen has taken the top spot in the annual Top 2000 of best-loved songs for the 19th time since the ranking started in 1999. The six minute classic from 1975 was only pried loose from first place five times, twice by the Eagles’ Hotel California, once by John Lennon with Imagine and twice by homegrown artists Boudewijn de Groot and Danny Vera with Avonden and Roller Coaster respectively. The public had until 3pm yesterday to vote for... More >

FvD data leak leaves members exposed

An IT failure in the app launched last weekend by far right party Forum voor Democratie has placed the names, addresses and bank account numbers of all 93,000 current and past party members in the public domain, broadcaster RTL has reported, following a tip-off. On its website the party describes the leak as a ‘possible hostile attack’ on its IT system and said it may press criminal charges once an investigation has been completed. The leak was closed after RTL... More >

Talpa faces station loss in radio auction

The cabinet is planning to restrict commercial radio companies to three FM frequencies, following recommendations from consumer and markets authority ACM. The decision means that broadcaster Talpa, owner of Radio 10, Radio 538, Sky Radio and Radio Veronica could be faced with losing one of its stations at next year’s auction. Talpa said it is studying the new plans and declined to comment further. The restrictions were announced in the run up to the auction in 2023 of nine commercial... More >

Van Rijn to head NPO bullying inquiry

Former junior health minister Martin van Rijn will head a committee investigating the workplace culture at public broadcaster NPO set up in the wake of reports about the behaviour of star presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk. Van Nieuwkerk, the former presenter of early evening talk show De Wereld Draait Door, ended his contract with broadcasting company BNN/VARA last week after the Volkskrant published extensive allegations of bullying by Van Nieuwkerk and senior editors on the programme. NPO immediately commissioned an independent... More >

Dutch children's tv series wins Emmy

Dutch children’s television programme Kabam has won the 2022 International Emmy for Kids: Live Action. Kabam, produced by IJswater Films and public broadcaster KRO-NRCV, focuses on recognisable children’s fears and shows how they use their rich fantasies to conquer them. The 10-part series is based around children in group 3, led by teacher meester Mo. The first episode, for example, focuses on Yona, who is worried she won’t make any friends on her first day at school. Luckily an old... More >

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk leaves BNNVARA

Television presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk is leaving public broadcaster BNNVARA following the weekend’s revelations in the Volkskrant newspaper about his bullying behind the scenes at television chat show De Wereld Draait Door. BNNVARA issued a statement on Friday saying that it had held ‘probing conversations’ with Van Nieuwkerk and that it was disappointed with the presenter’s two written statements reacting to the newspaper claims. Van Nieuwkerk told news agency ANP on Monday ‘the fact that my employer openly doubts my... More >

Most old mobile phones end up a drawer

Over half of mobile phone users keep their old phones at home and just 14% hand them in for recycling, national statistics agency CBS says in a new report. Old laptops and tablets are also more likely to disappear into a drawer than a recycling bin, and environmental concerns are bottom of the list of specifications which users look for in a new phone, the agency said. Larger pieces of IT equipment, such as old personal computers are more likely... More >