The Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting – NOS) was founded in May 1969 through a merger of the Netherlands Radio Union (NRU, established in 1947) and the Netherlands Television Union (NTU, established in 1951).
By law and by its mission statement, the NOS must provide independent and reliable coverage of news, sports and (inter)national events on all available media for all inhabitants of the Netherlands. Our objective is to aid our audience in forming its own opinion. It operates independently from the government, even though the Dutch public broadcasting system is partially funded by tax payers’ money (and partially by the revenue of commercials). The public broadcasting system in the Netherlands consists of three tv-channels and six radio stations nationwide and thirteen regional television and radio broadcasters.
The NOS has over 700 full time staff, some 430 of whom work for the News department, around 160 for the Sports department and around 15 for the Events department. NOS staff and studios are based in Hilversum, along with most other broadcasting and audiovisual companies in the Netherlands.
Board of directors: Gerard Timmer (CEO) and Geert Hofman (CFO).
The News department produces a great number of news programs on all platforms. Among these productions are (half)hourly news bulletins on radio and television. Our flagship evening news program is the NOS Ac htuurjournaal (Eight O’clock News). It averages around two million viewers, making it the best watched tv-program in the Netherlands on most nights (including programs on commercial stations). In case of breaking news, the NOS can override the scheduled programming on public tv channel NPO 1 and NPO Radio 1 in order to report live.
Twice a day (morning and early evening), the NOS produces a news program dedicated to the 9 to 12 year old audience, the NOS Jeugdjournaal (Youth Journal). It contains more or less the same content as the older audience gets to see, but with a tone of voice and choice of video footage adapted to young viewers.
For the difficult to reach age group from 12 years and up the NOS developed NOS Stories, a brand name containing especially adapted news items on YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.
Together with public broadcaster NTR, the NOS is also responsible for the daily current events program Nieuwsuur (News Hour), with in-depth reporting and interviews.
On the news and sports channel NPO Radio 1 the NOS offers current affairs news programs in the morning and late afternoon.
Parliamentary coverage is produced and broadcast from studios in The Hague, directly opposite the seat of the Dutch government. Furthermore, the News department has around 30 correspondents in some 20 countries in all parts of the world.
Editor-in-chief: Marcel Gelauff.
Every day, the Sports department boasts a wide range of programs, covering all sports on all platforms. The program that features summaries of Dutch Premier League football is among the most popular on Dutch television. A great number of sports are covered live, both on television and radio and through our site, apps and social media. Dedicated websites around e.g. the Olympics or the World Cup football draw vast audiences.
Editor-in-chief: Maarten Nooter.
The Events department produces programs and documentaries, often live, on national and international events, such as the opening of the parliamentary year, the commemoration of the end of World War II and activities of the Dutch Royal Family.
Editor-in-chief: Peter Kloosterhuis.