’NPO prefers huge success over journalism’

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The NPO seems ratings structurally more important than the journalistic value of programs. This trend makes the Dutch Association of Journalists is seriously concerned. That sets general secretary Thomas Burning Thursday in a reaction to the news that they are Focal point+ disappears.

“It’s been a painful recurring theme that the power of the ratings is more important is considered to be the journalistic value of certain programs”, find Burning. “That is not only sad, but also alarming.” He acknowledges that the NPO is cutting its spending because of ’The Hague’ that instructs. “But also the parliament would be better to think of what the implications are for the media in the Netherlands of all the budget cuts, which will increasingly be implemented”.

Previously decided NPO to cut back on research programmes as Argos and Reporter. Another plan of the NPO is to next year actualiteitenrubriek EenVandaag in trade for a new daily soap for more young people to draw.


Burning called Focal+ “a highly relevant program that is especially hard for buitenlandjournalistiek. This division is now in the Dutch televisielandschap a seriously neglected.” Furthermore, the NVJ it bad that the NPO the responsibility for the jobs of the makers at the broadcaster down. “As a NPO such a decision, they must also have the employment law consequences to solve. We warn already for this problem and the fact that there is no solution to be found.”

NPO says that there is “a formal decision has not been taken” about the deletion of Focal point+. But editor-in-chief Hans Laroes let request, know that the editors of the NPO, however, have been informed that their program is surely going to disappear.

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