Broadcaster BNN safe for at least 3 years

29th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 June 2004 , AMSTERDAM − Youth public broadcaster BNN has temporarily been saved from extinction and looks set to remain on the airwaves until at least 2008.

29 June 2004

AMSTERDAM − Youth public broadcaster BNN has temporarily been saved from extinction and looks set to remain on the airwaves until at least 2008.

The Senate was debating on Tuesday a legislative bill reducing the minimum number of members a public broadcaster must have from 300,000 to 150,000, Dutch public news service NOS reported.

The proposal allows BNN − which presently has 224,000 members − to remain on the airwaves, but the Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA parties were initially opposed to the legislation.

Both parties claimed it was a form of opportunistic legislation allowing BNN to survive, prompting Culture State Secretary Medy van der Laan to adjust the legislation to make it a temporary measure.

The legislative bill now states that the minimum number of public broadcast members must be 150,000, but in 2008 a new public broadcasting system must be ready.

The CDA and PvdA thus backed the legislation because the reduction in minimum member requirements would only be in force for a maximum of three years. Almost every other party criticised the CDA and PvdA for the the manner in which they changed their stances.

BNN was established by funny man Bart de Graaf, who died in May 2002 after a long-term battle against kidney problems. De Graaf stopped growing from the age of 10 as a result of his illness and spent a large part of his life in hospitals.

De Graaf transformed his BNN programme — formerly affiliated with Veronica — into a public broadcaster and its debut public programme was aired in 1998.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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