For a short overview on the Dutch media market, let me quote the
BBC News - Country profile: The Netherlands
"The Dutch public broadcasting system is unique. Programmes are made
by a variety of groups, some reflecting political or religious
currents in society, others representing interest groups. These
organisations are allocated airtime on TV and radio, in line with the
number of members they have.
Public radio and TV channels face stiff competition from commercial
stations, which mushroomed after a 1988 law lifted the ban on
The Dutch TV market is very competitive. Viewers have access to a wide
range of domestic and foreign channels, thanks mainly to one of the
highest cable take-up rates in Europe. Every province has at least one
local public TV channel.
Newspaper ownership is highly concentrated. Most titles are
broadsheets; Dutch readers have not developed a taste for tabloid
Algemeen Dagblad NRC Handelsblad De Telegraaf De Volkskrant Trouw
NOS - oversees the country's three national public networks BVN TV -
external TV service for Dutch-speakers abroad RTL - commercial,
operates RTL4 and RTL5 channels SBS - commercial, operates SBS6, Net5
and V8 channels Veronica - commercial
NOS - oversees public radio stations, including news and information
station Radio 1, music network Radio 2, pop station 3FM, cultural
station Radio 4 Radio Netherlands - international broadcaster,
programmes in a number of languages including English Sky Radio -
popular commercial FM station, non-stop music Radio 538 - popular
commercial FM station, pop and dance music"
For a more extensive list, I went to the EMS (European Media &
Marketing Survey) web site. Following is a selection what's available
on the page:
EMS - Netherlands
"INTERNATIONAL TV CHANNELS
National Geographic Channel
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
REGIONAL OVERLAP TV CHANNELS
TV 1 (BEL)
TV 2 Ketnet/Canvas (BEL)
NATIONAL TV CHANNELS
TMF (The Music Factory)
INTERNATIONAL DAILY NEWSPAPERS
International Herald Tribune
Wall Street Journal Europe
INTERNATIONAL WEEKLY/FORTN. MAGAZINES
NATIONAL DAILY NEWSPAPERS
Het Financieele Dagblad
Een regionaal dagblad
NATIONAL WEEKLY NEWSPAP./MAGAZINES
FEM De Week
I assembled the following research papers for you:
European Media Ownership - The Netherlands (by the International
Federation of Journalists)
- Terrestrial TV and Radio
- Cable, Satellite and Multimedia
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Transnational Groups
- Main Players
The following detailed report includes recent data:
Dutch Media (by Dr. Piet Bakker, University of Amsterdam) [PDF]
"What is so special or different about the media in the Netherlands?
First we look at what we don't have:
* We have no Sunday papers like in the UK, Germany, Italy, Franceetc.
* We have no party press anymore, a lot of European countries(Italy,
Scandinavia) still have a party press. (...)
* We have no sports papers like in France, Spain or Italy (...)
* We have no tabloid press like in the UK (the Sun) or Germany (Bild
* We have no media-tycoons unlike in the UK, France, Italy or
* We have no national government owned television or radio station.
* We don't have a telecommunication monopoly anymore.
What do we have instead of this all?
* We do have high readership of newspapers and magazine (...)
* We do have very concentrated print media , only three publisher sof
newspapers control 90% of the circulation.
* We do have succesfull free daily newspapers.
* We do have many tv- and radio stations, national, regional and
* We do have a very high rate of cable-penetration , probably one
ofthe highest in Europe.
* We do have merging telecom, television and cable services"
Television channels in the Netherlands
- Broadcasting regulatory authority
- National channels with analog terrestrial licence
- - Public service
- - - General public service broadcasting organisations
- - - Religious broadcasting associations
- - - Other broadcasting associations
- - Private
- Television channels packagers
- - Satellites packagers
- - Main cable operators
If you are willing to pay money for reports, see the following list of
Netherlands Cable & Satellite Television 2002
Netherlands Television 2002
- Market size
- Market segmentation
- Market shares and web-links
- Socio-economic data
- Further sources, including trade associations
The price is US$ 224 each.
Here is a short article with illustration:
Media expenditures Dutch telecom advertisers (2002)
And this Adobe Acrobat Reader document:
Magazine Publishing - A Quiet Life? The Dutch Market for Consumer
Magazines (by Jacco Hakfoort and Jürgen Weigand) [PDF]
Hope this helps!
These are in German, so I exclude them from above resources, but list
them here in case it's of additional use:
Bibliography: History of Televsion
The only recent entry:
- Der Rundfunk in den Niederlanden [German for: Radio in Netherlands]
(by Van Reenen)
This handbook covers in two volumes the years 1998-1999, and 2000-2001
About the Dutch media market [PDF]
netherlands tv radio print market
dutch tv radio print market
media market print radio tv site:.nl
"key players" media radio print tv "netherlands OR dutch"