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Guide to Dutch press, television and radio

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Guide to the press, television and radio in the Netherlands, including lists of the main Dutch newspapers, television channels, and radio channels in English.

Print press in the Netherlands

The press in the Netherlands consists mainly of daily newspapers, local newspapers and magazines. The Dutch are enthusiastic print readers, and for the most part enjoy the more serious aspects of news coverage.

The most popular national newspapers are De Telegraaf, the Algemeen Dagblad, De Volkskrant and the NRC/Handelsblad. Two free newspapers, Spits and Metro, are distributed daily in public transport.

In addition to daily newspapers there are a number of regional and local newspapers for those who like to know what's going on where they live. Most are daily.

National Newspapers

  • Het Financieele Dagblad
  • NRC Handelsblad
  • Nederlands Dagblad
  • Algemeen Dagblad
  • De Volkskrant
  • Het Parool
  • Reformatorisch Dagblad
  • De Telegraaf
  • Trouw


Regional Newspapers

Drenthe

  • Drentse Courant (Assen)
  • Nieuwsblad van het Noorden

Flevoland

  • De Almare (Almere)

Fryslan

  • De Grouster (Grou)
  • Leeuwarder Courant (Leeuwarden)
  • Nieuwsblad Zuid-Friesland (Lemsterland)

Gelderland

  • Apeldoornse Courant (Apeldoorn)
  • Arnhemse Courant (Arnhem)
  • Barneveldse Krant (Barneveld)
  • Deventer Dagblad (Deventer)
  • De Gelderlander (Nijmegen)
  • Gelders Dagblad
  • Regiobode

Groningen

  • Groninger Dagblad (Groningen)
  • Nieuwsblad van het Noorden

Limburg

  • De Limburger (Maastricht)
  • Peel & Maas (Venray)

Noord-Brabant

  • BN – De Stem (Roosendaal / Breda)
  • Brabants Dagblad ('s-Hertogenbosch)
  • Eindhovens Dagblad (Eindhoven)
  • Nieuwsklok (Oisterwijk)
  • Katholiek Nieuwsblad ('s-Hertogenbosch)

Noord-Holland

  • Gooi- en Eemlander
  • Haarlems Dagblad (Haarlem)
  • De Meerbode (Aalsmeer / Mijdrecht / Uithoorn)
  • Noordhollands Dagblad (Alkmaar)

Overijssel

  • De Roskam (Almelo, Twente)
  • Schuttevaer (Deventer)
  • TC-Tubantia (Enschede)
  • Zwolse Courant (Zwolle)

Utrecht

  • Amersfoortse Courant (Amersfoort)
  • Leidsche Rijn (Houten)
  • Utrechts Nieuwsblad (Utrecht)

Zuid-Holland

  • De Dordtenaar (Dordrecht)
  • Haagsche Courant (Den Haag)
  • De Havenloods (Rotterdam)
  • Leidsch Dagblad (Leiden)
  • Rijn en Gouwe
  • Rotterdams Dagblad (Rotterdam)

Zeeland

  • Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant (Vlissingen) 


Television in the Netherlands

The Netherlands operates both a public and commercial broadcasting system. Most of the programmes are only in Dutch. However, unlike broadcasts in many other countries, English shows aren't dubbed into Dutch, so you'll be able to watch foreign movies and programmes in your native tongue.

Public broadcasting

Public broadcasting is divided over three national television channels, which are transmitted via cable and terrestrial broadcasts. Every household in the Netherlands should be able to receive public broadcasting for free. The three public channels are filled by programmes from several public broadcasters.

What to watch on Dutch public channels

TV1 is a middle of the range, slightly more serious channel, strong in the 35-49 and 65+ age brackets. TV2 caters more for families and, oddly enough, is home to both the only broadcasting association exclusively devoted to young people and the quite strict religious association at the same time. TV3 is home to more critical broadcasters who show a keen interest in the arts and less mainstream television.

Until this year, each broadcasting association was allocated to one channel. But now programmes are divided over the three channels according to their content.

Why there are so many broadcasting associations

This divide stems from the 1930s when the Netherlands was rigidly divided into social groups depending on their religion. Your denomination decided for you which political party to vote, which newspaper to read, which radio station to listen to and later which television station to watch.

Since the Dutch left churches in droves in the 80s, this so-called pillar system has fallen into disuse. The public broadcasting system is still heavily subsidised, however, allowing the broadcasting associations to continue.

Most public television and radio channels now have to compete with the commercial broadcasters, resulting in more populist programming in order to attract more views and so satisfy advertisers. This two-tier system of both government subsidy and advertising revenue is under a lot of criticism. A growing number of Dutch people hope the Netherlands will get a public broadcasting system similar to the BBC.

Here is the list of Dutch public television broadcasting organisations, which also broadcast radio. In brackets you can find the channel most likely to be broadcast.

  • AVRO: Higher social classes, general interest, popular with older audience (TV1).
  • BNN: Latest new broadcaster, broadcast only once a week, sarcastic youth programs. Became popular with great parody on Teletubbies (TV2).
  • EO: Dogmatic evangelic broadcaster, lots of human interest programming hoping to convert "lost ones" (TV2).
  • IKON: Small broadcaster focussed on spiritual development and inner beauty (TV1).
  • KRO: Catholic broadcaster, popular with older audiences, more serious, human interest programming (TV1).
  • NCRV: Protestant broadcaster, general interest, more serious programming (TV1).
  • NMO: Dutch Muslim broadcaster representing the Muslim minority with few programmes a week (TV3).
  • NOS: Dutch broadcasting foundation without any denomination: news, sports and big soccer matches (all channels).
  • NPS: Split off from the NOS in 1995 to specialise to cultural and informative programming (TV3).
  • OHM: Small broadcaster representing Dutch Hindus (TV3).
  • RKK: Small Roman Catholic broadcaster to bring people together on television and in church (TV3).
  • RVU: Small broadcaster hoping to educate and inform all layers of Dutch society (TV3).
  • Teleac/NOT: Educational broadcaster, introduced distant learning decades ago (TV2).
  • TROS: Most mainstream, broadcaster with lot of entertainment shows, big in 35-49 bracket and social class BCD (TV2).
  • VARA: Mainstream, but more serious, makes good quality programmes in-house (TV3).
  • VPRO: Liberal thinking, irreverent broadcaster (TV3).

 

Foreign public broadcasters

A wide selection of public broadcasters are available via terrestrial and cable broadcasting. These include:

  • TV1 (Belgium)
  • Ketnet (Belgium)
  • Canvas (Belgium)
  • BBC 1/2 (England)
  • ARD (Germany)
  • ZDF (Germany)
  • TV5 (France)

 

Commercial broadcasting

The Netherlands is one of world's most densely cabled countries: about 94 percent of Dutch households have cable.

Several companies operate throughout the Netherlands, and have, within boundaries, the right to decide which channels they transmit. Depending on where you live, you might be able to watch, for instance, MTV or Discovery Channel, but not always both.

Unlike public broadcasting, commercial channels are allowed to break programmes for advertising, but up to a maximum of only 11 minutes per hour.

Most commercial television channels are free to watch, although some are operated on a subscription basis. You have to pay a fee for the cable connection. Unlike public broadcasters, most commercial broadcasters limit themselves to television, considering radio not a profitable business. Only Veronica does radio as well.

Since many Dutch like their television channels programmed in the numeric order, commercial channels paid a lot of money and effort into the figure behind the name of the channel. Viewers are be frowned upon when they mix the channels in another order.

When several commercial channels were launched in the 90s, they fought between themselves to get the lowest numbered channel on viewers' TVs. In one case, camera teams went from house to house checking on the order of channels. When they were in the "right" order, the viewers were given a prize - plus their five minutes of fame.

Cable/satellite television broadcasters include:

  • RTL 4: Entertainment, movies and soaps with 28 percent market share.
  • RTL 5: Tries to aim for higher educated urban professional.
  • SBS 6: Focuses on average Joe, with regional interest and human interest (soap and sex).
  • Yorin: Runs lots of sitcoms, became famous with Big Brother
  • NET 5: New little sister to SBS6 focuses on quality. Shows Ally McBeal.
  • FOX 8: Murdoch goes Dutch turning raunchy sex shows to in-house productions. Shows Seinfeld.
  • TMF: Dutch version of MTV. Became more popular because of its local focus.
  • The Box: "You decide which music video to watch".
  • Discovery: Nature for couch potatoes, often repetitious.
  • MTV Europe: Music video promotion channel.
  • Cartoon Network: Dexter's Laboratory, Ren&Stimpy and Southpark.
  • Eurosport: International sport, with the odd lesser-known sport.
  • CNN: World news.
  • National Geographic Channel: Like the magazine, but some of the programmes are two-decades old.
  • Extreme Sports: Stimulates viewers to trade the couch for the great outdoors.
  • Sky News: World news available in only a few places.
  • Canal+: The only successful pay TV channel, since it has a good choice of sports and sex programmes.

 

Depending on where you live, you can watch regional public broadcasting. Some also do radio.

  • Omroep Brabant
  • Omroep Flevoland
  • Omroep Gelderland
  • Omroep Limburg
  • Omroep Zeeland
  • Omroep Fryslan
  • Radio-TV Noord-Holland
  • Radio-TV Oost
  • Radio-TV Rijnmond
  • TV Noord
  • Salto: Amsterdam public television channel run by volunteers. Tip: watch naked yoga on Saturday evening!
  • AT5: reputable commercial television channel for Amsterdam and region.

 

Radio stations in the Netherlands

Radio broadcasts in English

Listeners in some parts of the Netherlands can pick up radio in English from:

 

Radio broadcasts in Dutch

As with television, there are both public and commercial radio stations. There are five national radio stations in the Netherlands (Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 5) as well as numerous commercial and regional stations.

Radio frequencies vary between provinces. Click on the map below to find the frequencies in your province.

Drenthe
Lelystad/Flevoland Province
Friesland Province
Gelderland Province
Groningen Province
Limburg
Noord-Brabant Province
Den Helder Province
Noord Holland Province
Overijssel Province
Utrecht Province
Zeeland Province
Zuid Holland Province

Drenthe

88.0   Radio 2 – Smilde/Assen
90.8   Radio Drenthe - Smilde/Assen – news, talk, music
91.8   Radio 3 – Smilde/Assen – pop/rock
93.4   Hot Radio – Hardenberg – Drenthe – pop
94.8   Radio 4 – Smilde/Assen – classical
95.7   Rebecca Radio – Mappel
100.4   Sky Radio – Smilde/Assen – pop
101.0   Radio 1 – Smilde/Assen – news, sports
103.8   Rebecca Radio – Emmen

Lelystad/Flevoland Province

102.1   Omroep Flevoland – Lelystad
103.0    Radio 10 FM – Lelystad – oldies
106.9   Radio Lelystad – Lelystad – pop
747   Radio 1 – Lelystad – news/sports
1008    Radio 5 – Lelystad – classical

Friesland Province

88.6   Omroep Fryslan – Irnsum
91.2   Rebecca Radio – Leeuwarden
93.2   Radio 538 – Irnsum – pop
95.5   Rebecca Radio – Heerenveen
97.9   Rebecca Radio – Sneek
99.7   Rebecca Radio – Drachten
102.5   Radio Noordzee Nationaal – Gennep – Dutch, folk
103.3   Happy Radio – Leeuwarden
107.1   OSKAR – Joure/Skarsterlen – variety
107.3   New Dance Radio – Leeuwarden – urban, house
1602    Radio Caroline – Leeuwarden

Gelderland Province

87.8   Keizerstad FM – Arnhem
89.1   Omroep Gelderland – Megan
90.4   Omroep Gelderland – Ruurlo
92.9   Hot Radio – Arnhen/Megen – pop
93.8   Omroep Groesbeek – Groesbeek – variety
93.8   Radio Hanzestad – Tiel
94.8   Nova FM – Tiel – classic rock
95.8   Omroep Brabant – Megen
97.1   PowerRadio 97.1 – Megen – pop
100.2  Hot Radio – Ruurlo – pop
100.6  New Dance Radio – Apeldoorn – urban, house
102.3  Radio Noordzee Nationaal – Ruulo/Lochem – Dutch, folk
102.4  New Dance Radio – Ede/Arnhem – urban, house
102.4  Omroep Gelderland – Arnhem
102.6  New Dance Radio – Arnhem – urban, house
103.5  Omroep Gelderland – Ugchelen
104.1  Radio 1 – Arnhem – news, sports
107.7  Dalux – Wageningen/Arnhem

Groningen Province

89.0   Radio 538 – Groningen – pop
92.9   Rebecca Radio – Groningen
96.9   Happy Radio – Groningen
96.9   Rog Radio – Winschoten
97.5   Radio Noord – Hoogezand/Groningen
99.1   Radio Noordzee Nationaal – Groningen – Dutch, folk
102.0 Radio Noord – Veendam
104.4 Rog Radio – Groningen
105.0 Radio Compagnie – Hoogezand
105.1 Radio Ideaal – Zelhern
106.5 Radio Ideaal – Zutphen
107.7 Holland Centraal – Bollenstreek – pop, dance

Limburg Province

87.7   BFBS – Maastricht – UK army radio
88.2   Radio 2 – Roermond
89.2   AFN Europe – Brunssum – variety
90.2   BFBS – Hoensbroek – UK army radio
90.9   Radio 3 – Roermond – pop, rock
91.5   CFN – Brunssum – German army radio
92.1   Radio 2 – Hulsberg/Maastricht
93.4   HitRadio Veronica – Maastricht – pop
94.5   Radio 4 – Roermond – classical
95.3   Omroep Limburg – Hulsberg/Maastricht – pop, rock
98.7   Radio 4 – Hulsberg/Maastricht – classical
100.3 Omroep Limburg – Roermond – news, sports
103.9 Radio 3 – Hulsberg/Maastricht – pop, rock
104.8 Radio 1 – Roermond – news, sports
105.3 Radio 1 – Hulsberg/Maastricht – news,sports
891    Radio 5 – Hulsberg/Maastricht – classical
1251  Radio 1 – Hulsberg/Maastricht – news,sports

Noord-Brabant Province

87.6   Omroep Brabant – Mierlo/Eindhoven
88.6   Jazz Radio – Eindhoven – jazz
90.1   Jazz Radio – Den Bosch – jazz
91.9   Omroep Brabant – Loon op Zand/Tilberg
92.1   Keizerstad FM – Megen
93.1   8FM – Tilburg
93.6    AFN Europe – Volkel – variety
94.4   Radio Decible – Nederwetten – dance, retro
94.5   Sky Radio – Uden – pop
95.4   Omroep Brabant – Roosendaal
95.5   8FM – Eindhoven/Helmond
97.4   8FM – Den Bosch
98.2   Radio 1 – Loon op Zand/Tilberg – news, sports
98.5   New Dance Radio – Eindhoven – pop
100.6  ORTS Radio – Oosterhout – variety
101.5  Radio 538 – Eindhoven – pop
102.2  Radio Noordzee Internationaal – Eindhoven – urban, house
102.4  Radio Kontakt – Aarle–Rixtel – pop
105.9  Radio Decible – Nuenen./Gerwen – dance/retro
106.0  Sky Radio – Veghel – pop
106.8  Radio Kontakt – Lieshout – pop

Den Helder

87.7   Radio 2 – Wieringermeer/Den Helder
88.3   HitRadio Veronica – Den Helder – pop
89.8   Radio 3 – Wieringermeer/Den Helder – pop/rock
92.2   Radio 4 – Wieringermeer/Den Helder – classical
93.2   Radio 538 – Den Helder – pop
93.9   Radio Noord–Holland – Wieringermeer/Den Helder
100.7 Sky Radio – Wieringermeer/Den Helder – pop
101.6  Radio 1 – Wieringermeer/Den Helder – news, sports
101.9  New Dance Radio – Den Helder – urban, house

Noord-Holland Province

88.1   HitRadio Veronica – Hilversum
88.9   Vloh FM – Haarlem – pop
88.9   Radio Noordzee Nationaal – Amsterdam – Dutch/folk
90.0   Concert Radio – Amsterdam – classical
91.1   Jazz Radio – Amsterdam – jazz
91.3   City FM – Haarlem
93.1   Radio Noord–Holland – Hilversum
94.3   Radio 1 – Haarlem – news, sports
94.6   Country FM – Amsterdam
95.2   Radio Noord–Holland – Amsterdam
95.5   Oibibio Radio – Amsterdam
96.0   Regioradio Populair – Amsterdam
96.0   Regioradio Populair – Haarlem
96.5   New Dance Radio – Haarlem – urban, house
97.4   Love Radio – Amsterdam – urban
97.6    Radio Noord–Holland – Haarlem
98.3   City FM – Amsterdam
99.1   New Dance Radio – Amsterdam – urban, house
99.6   Vloh FM – Hoofddorp – pop (top 30)
100.4 Sky Radio – Amsterdam – pop
100.4 Sky Radio – Alkmaar – pop
101.2 Radio 538 – Hilversum – pop
101.9 New Dance Radio – Alkmaar – urban, house
102.9 Kink FM – Amsterdam – alternative rock
103.3 Radio 10 FM – Haarlem – oldies
103.6 HitRadio Veronica – Amsterdam – pop
104.2 ConcertZender – Amsterdam – classical, jazz, variety
104.3 Happy Radio – Haarlem
104.7 System FM – Alkmaar
105.0 Haarlem 105 – Haarlem – music, talk, variety
105.8 AB Radio – Bloemendaal/Haarlem V 105.9   Aalsmeer FM – Aalsmeer/Amsterdam
106.9 AROS Radio – Kortenhoef/Hilversum – news, talk
107.1 Zaan Radio – Zaandam/Amsterdam – variety, music
107.2 Amstelveen Lokaal – Amstelveen/Amsterdam – alternative
107.3 AB Radio – Vogelenzang
107.9 Radio Salto – Amsterdam – music, information
828    HitRadio Veronica – Amsterdam – pop
1116   Radio Bloemendaal– Bloemendaal/Haarlem
1224   Q Radio – Pampushaven
1224   HitRadio Veronica – Hilversum – pop
1395   Jazz Radio – Hilversum – jazz

Overijssel Province

89.4   Radio Oost – Zwolle
90.1   Rebecca Radio – Zwolle
91.4   Radio 2 – Markelo/Enschede
93.6   Radio 538 – Zwolle – pop
93.7   Classical FM – Losser/Enschede – classical
95.6   Radio Oost – Markelo/Enschede – pop, rock
96.0   Radio Drienerlo – Enschede – variety
96.2   Radio 3 – Markelo/Enschede – pop, rock
97.4   New Dance Radio – Hengelo/Enschede – urban, house
98.0   Hot Radio – Hengelo/Enschede – pop
98.4   Radio 4 – Markelo/Enschede – classical
99.4   Radio Oost – Zwolle
99.9   Rebecca Radio – Dedemsvaart
100.7 Sky Radio – Beckum/Enschede – pop
104.6 Radio 1 – Markelo/Enschede – news, sports
107.3 Hot FM – Haaksbergen – pop
108.1 Radio Twente – Enschede
1116   Radiokerk Bloemendaal – Algemeen – variety

Utrecht Province

88.5    Midstad Radio Utrecht – Utrecht
89.5   Jazz Radio – Utrecht – jazz
90.6    Radio 9-1 – Lopik/Utrecht – music, information
90.7   Classical FM – Lopik/Utrecht – classical
92.6   Radio 2 – Lopik/Utrecht
95.5   Radio 9-1 – Benschop – music, information
96.0   EFM – Amersfoort
96.8   Radio 3 – Lopik/Utrecht – pop, rock
97.4   New Dance Radio – Amersfoort – urban, house
98.9   Radio 4 – Lopik/Utrecht – classical
100.1 Radio M/Wereldhits en Regionieuws – Zeist/Utrecht
100.7 Sky radio – Lopik/Utrecht – pop
102.0 New Dance Radio – Utrecht – urban, house
104.4 Radio 1 – Lopik/Utrecht – news, sports
675    Radio 10 FM – Lopik/Utrecht – oldies
1395  Business Nieuws 1395 AM – Mastwijk – news, talk–business
1584  Radio Caroline – Utrecht

Zeeland Province

87.9   Nederland 3 – Goes
88.9   Radio Westland – Goes
91.5   Jazz Radio – Biervliet – jazz
91.5   Jazz Radio – Oostburg – jazz
93.0   HitRadio Veronica – Vlissingen/Middelburg – pop
95.0   Radio 3 – Goes – pop, rock
96.3   New Dance Radio – Goes – urban, house
97.1   Omroep Zeeland – Vlissingen/Middelburg
97.8   Omroep Zeeland – Philippine
99.8   Radio 4 – Goes – classical
101.9 Omroep Zeeland – Goes
104.4 Radio 1 – Goes – news, sports
107.3 Lokale Omroep Nieuwerkerk

Zuid-Holland Province

87.6   Sun FM – Rotterdam
88.4   Radio West – Den Haag
90.2   Radio 1 – Rotterdam – news, sports
93.4   Radio Rijnmond – Rotterdam – news, sports
94.6   Stads Radio – Rotterdam – pop
95.9   Vokabel Radio – Den Haag
97.2   Hofstad Radio – Den Haag
99.4   Sun FM – Zoetermeer/Den Haag
100.4 Sky Radio – Rotterdam – pop
100.8 New Dance Radio – Den Haag – urban, house
100.9 Arrow FM – Den Haag – classic rock
101.5 Radio 538 – Rotterdam – pop
102.7 Radio Noordzee Nationaal – Rotterdam – Dutch, folk
103.3 Radio 10 FM – Rotterdam – oldies
103.5 New Dance Radio – Rotterdam – urban, house
103.8 HitRadio Veronica – Rotterdam – pop
104.8 Hit FM 104.8 – Rotterdam – pop
104.9 Sun FM – Rotterdam – urban, hip hop
105.2 Excellent FM – Nootdorp
105.4 Lokale Omroep Alphen aan den Rijn – variety
105.7 Holland Centraal – Leiden – pop, dance
107.6 New Dance Radio – Dordrecht – urban, house
107.9 Ridderkerk FM – Ridderkerk/Rotterdam
828    Arrow FM – Rotterdam – classic rock

 

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