About NTR

NTR is the independent Dutch public service broadcaster specializing in information, education and culture. NTR’s themes are based on the statutory duties of the three public service broadcasters which in 2010 merged into NTR: NPS, Teleac and RVU.

In the Dutch public service broadcasting system NTR is one of the large broadcasters with a statutory public service mission. These broadcasters distinguish themselves from a large number of broadcasting associations whose existence is dependent on members. NTR is independent and non-affiliated, and can focus entirely on substance. NTR wants to make special programmes for everyone – programmes that educate people and enrich their lives.

NTR expresses its identity in its logo: NTR colon. NTR has a great deal to say and to show. NTR stands for depth and enrichment, for information and surprise, for development and for personal growth.

NTR: Dutch Public Service Broadcaster for Information, Education and Culture 


NTR Themes

Current topics
As a public service broadcaster without members, NTR is independent. Content comes first for us. This is shown, among other things, in our daily current topics tv program Nieuwsuur and radio program Nieuws en Co, both co-productions with NOS. In our radio programs Kwesties and Hilversum Uit we approach current topics from the perspective of 'the man in the street', with a special focus on developments in the multicultural society.

NTR sees diversity as a creative challenge rather than a problem, which you can see across our programming. We reflect the multicultural society in all its manifestations in our programs; from serious documentary series to light entertainment programs, thus setting an example in Europe. NTR also takes care of the airtime for Muslims, for example in De Nieuwe Maan, and for Hindus, for example in Iedereen Verlicht.

Our history programs show surprising similarities between the past and the present. Andere Tijden, a co-production with VPRO, and Andere Tijden Sport, a co-production with NOS, are good examples, as well as Verborgen verleden (the Dutch version of the British programma Who do you think you are?) and series like Een bezeten wereld (on the twenties and thirties) and De (h)eerlijke jaren 50. As a spin-off of our series for adults, we also do history programs for children, like Welkom bij de Romeinen and Welkom in de jaren 20 en 30. Alternating comedy and information makes these programs popular among both young and older viewers. Our partnership with the Rijksmuseum results in projects like the annual election ‘History teacher of the year’.

Our informative programs give insight in many topics. Well-known titles are Hier zijn de Van Rossems, Danny op straat, Het echte leven in de dierentuin and the satirical talkshow Promenade. Besides many short-term series, we regularly produce informative documentaries for 2Doc and 3Doc. We also make the radio programs Radio Doc, a co-production with VPRO, and Kunststof, personal interviews with prominent people in art, culture and media.

The playful mix of information, education and comedy are characteristic of our children's programs. Sesamstraat, De Boterhamshow, Het Klokhuis and Het Sinterklaasjournaal have proved this for years. The same approach we see in Studio Snugger and De Beste Vrienden Quiz. With schooltv.nl NTR provides a sizeable source of educational clips and excerpts from all our children's programs, besides programs like Nieuwsuur in de klas en Andere Tijden in de klas. These excerpts can easily be found by entering a keyword. Easy for both school and home use.

Art and Culture
NTR's cultural programming is broad and varied: from classical to pop, from drama to documentary. Het Uur van de Wolf, NTR Zaterdagmatinee and Top 2000 a gogo are well-known titles. Characteristic is our focus on genres that are not, or hardly, presented by other broadcasters, such as opera, ballet and jazz. We like to give young talent a platform, for example in our classical music program Podium Witteman. NTR is a media partner of many events, including Pinkpop, North Sea Jazz and Uitmarkt.

NTR is proud to be the number one science public service broadcaster in the Netherlands. We make science accessible to the greater audience with programs like Atlas and De Kennis van Nu on television and Focus on radio. Besides this NTR is also the broadcasting organization behind the service portal NPO Focus, which offers thorough backgrounds on science, but also on history, politics, economy and culture