Budget cuts, youth network in broadcast reform

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13 May 2005 , AMSTERDAM — The planned reform of the Dutch public broadcast system will entail mass budget cuts and the transformation of one of the three broadcasters into a youth network.

13 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — The planned reform of the Dutch public broadcast system will entail mass budget cuts and the transformation of one of the three broadcasters into a youth network.

Democrat D66 Media State Secretary Medy van der Laan has drawn up a draft plan in which the youth broadcaster will be multi-media based and focus on news and opinion catered to youths. A restricted number of cartoons may be broadcast.

Van der Laan is hoping the change will reverse the ageing nature of the public broadcast system and win back viewers.

The proposal is part of the Easter coalition accord the government parties Christian Democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and D66 reached.

It was reported at that time that public broadcasters could no longer expect subsidies for purely entertaining shows.

The reforms will come into effect from 2008, when broadcasters must focus on news, opinion, analysis and shows stemming from their identity (religious, social commentary, general).

Van der Laan believes broadcasters will need less money and is planning to cut their budget by at least 50 percent.

The budgets they retain must be used to produce opinion and analysis shows. NOS will continue as the main news service.

Broadcasters can supplement their budget for cultural and educational shows, but will compete with new providers. They will need to submit separate proposals to win funding.

The public broadcast council will be budgeted to issue rulings on which programmes will be produced.

The Cabinet will discuss Van der Laan's plan in the near future.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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