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Radio Netherlands Worldservice

A unique international broadcaster - Recalling the global impact of Radio Netherlands, the Dutch World Broadcasting System.

Shortwave radio

By the 1970s, over 120 countries had some form international radio voice. But only the Dutch has built what they called a broadcasting "system". A lot has already been written about the early years of Radio Netherlands and its predecessors PCJJ and the PHOHI. This discussion will focus on the last 30 years of the organisation's existence as a broadcaster and the role that radio played in sharing European opinions, knowledge and culture. Fortunately, archive footage exists of the important work that Radio Netherlands did in Latin America, Dutch Caribbean, West and Central Africa, and Indonesia. We will use extracts to explain how RNW complemented the work of much larger stations like BBC World Service, Radio France Internationale and Deutsche Welle. We'll hear about the new era of the Madagascar relay station. We will also launch a plan to ensure that several important programme collections contribute to future understanding of 20th-century heritage. Because Radio Netherlands was all shades of opinion.  

This session is hosted by Karin van den Boogaert and Jonathan Marks, former staff at Radio Netherlands.