History of Television Around the World - The Netherlands

About the history of television in the world and in The Netherlands, Dutch programming and democracy.

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Dutch television is probably the most democratic in the world. Any organization with over 15,000 members, all of whom have purchased an annual television license, is entitled to time on the country's 3 radio and 2 television networks. In addition, groups which do not have the 15,000-member minimum--such as the Humanists, Moral Rearmament, or the Society for Sexual Reform--are allowed occasional programs of their own. Each group granted TV time is given a proportional slice of the income from license fees, and, generously, 40% of the income from television advertising is handed over to the country's newspapers and magazines, who share it among themselves according to circulation.

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