Netherlands' media heartland sounds job alarm

6th August 2010, Comments 0 comments


The Dutch town of Hilversum, the heartland of media production in the Netherlands, has issued a stiff warning to Ivo Opstelten, the new man in charge of the government coalition talks. The town and the surrounding Gooi region is concerned that the prospective coalition's plans for rigorous public broadcasting cutbacks will spell economic disaster.

The warning, reported on the front-page of the Gooi en Eemlander newspaper, comes as talks to form a minority coalition are getting under way between the conservative VVD and the Christian Democrats, with the support of the populist Freedom Party. A tough package of austerity measures is certain to be the mainstay of any agreement, with public broadcasting as a prime target.

Based on research carried out in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, executive councillor Jan Rensen warns that for every media job cut in Hilversum, another 2.5 local jobs will be jeopardised by the knock-on effect for the regional economy. He estimates that up to 7500 full-time jobs could ultimately be lost.

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