Broadcasters in the Netherlands are suddenly struggling under a hoard of canceled advertising campaigns. Many sectors have stopped advertising due to the coronavirus, resulting in TV channels losing out on millions of euros. The virus is also affecting the recording of new programs, NOS reports.
Broadcasting association BNNVARA announced that it will be showing 'Jesse' - a documentary about GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver - during prime time on September 4th. The fact that the documentary was made by a former GroenLinks employee and friend of Klaver, triggered outrage on social media, where some renounced the documentary as a "propaganda film" and others raised questions about public broadcaster NPO's objectivity, the Volkskrant reports.
The Dutch government is implementing stricter rules for very high salaries that are paid with tax money, such as those of presenters for public broadcasters or managers in healthcare. From now on workers in the public and semi-public sector may no longer earn more money than Ministers, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Friday, ANP reports.
Christian party SGP wants to ban adultery commercials from dating sites like Second Love from public broadcasters in the Netherlands. According to party leader Kees van der Staaij, these "repulsive" ad campaigns that call on spouses to commit adultery destroy many relationships and families. "Every divorce we can avoid is pure profit for the children involved"
The Netherlands will commemorate the victims of the Paris attacks with a minute of silence at noon on Monday. Public transport and public broadcasting will be quiet for 60 seconds. All flags on government buildings are hanging at half-mast and memorials have also been arranged in several places in the Netherlands.