Amsterdam mayor's interview draws nearly 1 million viewers

Amsterdammers gather at the Scheepvaartmuseum to watch mayor Eberhard van der Laan's interview on Zomergasten, 30 Jul 2017
Amsterdammers gather at the Scheepvaartmuseum to watch mayor Eberhard van der Laan's interview on Zomergasten, 30 Jul 2017. Photo: @schpvrtmsm / Twitter

Nearly 975 thousand people tuned in to watch Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan give an interview on Sunday night's broadcast of Zomergasten, according to figures from Stichting Kijkonderzoek. Last week's Zomergasten, with microbiologist Rosanne Hertzberger as guest, drew 549 thousand watchers, RTL Nieuws reports.

Van der Laan is suffering from metastasized lung cancer. In the VPRO program he said that he plans to keep on as mayor for a while longer and hopes that Amsterdam stays the lovely city that it is. The program was broadcast on large screens in various locations in the city. 

Zomergasten was the third most watched show on Dutch television on Sunday. The news at 8:00 p.m. got first place with 1.5 million viewers, followed by the European Women's Championship football match between England and France. 

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