Sonja Barend gives her personal television and the press archive at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and vision. This reduces the mediamuseum and research institute to say,a surprising collection of period documents in the collection”.
Sonja Barend appeared more than forty years on the Dutch television. She began her career in 1966 as omroepster at the NTS, but quickly got her own talk show at the VARA. ,,By its involved way of interviewing and sometimes risqué topics, it acquired great fame and was for decades an exceedingly beloved tv personality,” says the institute.
The archive of Barend consists of personal photographs and papers, letters of writers, programme makers and politicians, omroepinformatie, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. There are also pictures and papers on her work and life in Israel, to which they have short hair Dutch television career interrupted.
, Barend got stacks of mail, letters from admirers, but also of critical and indignant viewers. They gathered all these documents and pasted this part, with glue and tape, in a colourful collection of albums and notitieschriften, with dates and handwritten captions.”
Within the gift is also the Honorary Silver debut competition, a distinction which they, together with television director Ellen Blazer got in 2007 for their joint oeuvre. Barend is known for programs like Sonja’s good news show, Sonja on Monday, and Barend & Witteman.