Cuts hit Flemish public broadcaster VRT

9th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

The management of the Flemish public broadcaster VRT has announced how it is to implement the cuts decided by the new Flemish government.

Some 89.5 jobs are to go and the third TV channel OP12 is to disappear.

The VRT has been instructed to make cutbacks worth EUR 18 million.

By 2019 cuts worth EUR 39 million will have been implemented.

This corresponds to 10 percent of the Flemish government's grant to the broadcaster.

The cuts will also impact on output.

The OP12 channel that broadcasts from 8pm until end of transmission will disappear in 2015.

The children's channel Ketnet survives.

Several programme budgets are being cut.

The parliamentary programme Villa Politica is facing significant cutbacks and the current affairs programme 'Login' is being cut.

The hourly 100 seconds news will disappear too.

VRT currently employs a workforce of 2,338 FTEs. / Expatica

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