“With pride and some regret our ways part here. Just one last thing - thank you.” This is how an emotional Peter Veenendaal, head of the Dutch department, bid farewell to 65 years of Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s Dutch-language broadcasts.
The occasion was marked with a 24-hour radio marathon, with many current and former staff witnessing the service’s last few hours of broadcasting. The end of the Dutch programmes is just the first phase of RNW’s complete overhaul, due to a 70 percent cut in its annual budget. As of 2013, RNW will focus exclusively on free speech in countries where it is lacking or under threat, in particular in Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.
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