RNW’s Dutch service: over and out

RNW archive

This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

“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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