This site was made to inform people about how broadcasting works in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is a small, European democratic monarchy. The Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science has overall responsibility and supervisory authority over broadcasting. For most of its history, Dutch broadcasting was a complex mess of public broadcasting organizations. Currently there are three television stations in the public service.
Commercial broadcasting was authorized in 1988. The Netherlands also has one of the highest penetrations of cable television in the world at about 87%. Dutch cable brings viewers public and commercial services from nearby countries and satellite-delivered services such as CNN and NBC.
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