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Wednesday 16 April  
The lights are going out at Radio Netherlands Worldwide
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Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

The last day of English broadcasts at RNW

Published on : 29 June 2012 - 11:05pm | By RNW English section (Photo: RNW)
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Dear all,

We're very sorry to inform you that the English service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide closed on Friday, 29 June 2012. As a result, this website will see some changes.

From 1 July 2012 there will no longer be a daily review of the Dutch papers. Our coverage of Dutch news stories will also cease. And, since RNW's English webstream ended on 29 June, there will be no more Listening Guide.

However, we will continue to provide articles online relating to our new brief: promoting free speech in areas where people are not free to gather information or to form and express independent opinions.

Latest: programme list published

Detailed programme listing of our final day as a broadcaster, 29 June 2012

The measures are a result of steep budget cuts imposed by the Dutch government and a concomitant change in focus. Providing the world with a realistic image of the Netherlands, as we have proudly done since 1947, will no longer be one of our statutory duties. 

The last radio show
On Friday, 29 June, we broadcast a radio show looking back at the past decades of Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Have you got a memory to share? Please let us know, at the usual address, , or post a comment below this story, as many have already done. We'd love to hear from you.

And, perhaps most importantly, thank you - for listening, reading, and riding this bumpy road with us over the years and through the recent, difficult times. 

The RNW English team


Radio Netherlands Worldwide in English ceased transmissions on 29 June at 20:57 UTC.  


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Jeremy P. 28 February 2014 - 12:28pm / USA

I have fond memories of listening to RNW as a kid, long before the internet, or even a computer came into my world. The excitement of hearing news being broadcast via shortwave from across the ocean was thrilling. RNW was by far the best.

Jeremy P. 28 February 2014 - 12:28pm / USA

I have fond memories of listening to RNW as a kid, long before the internet, or even a computer came into my world. The excitement of hearing news being broadcast via shortwave from across the ocean was thrilling. RNW was by far the best.

Dave Gaskin 9 October 2013 - 7:43am / Australie

Give us back the English service of radio Netherlands. It was the only way we learnt so much about The Netherlands and the Wereld. The BBC seems only to focus on Africa and I feel we miss out on so much .The world needs a Balance RNL gave us that. PLEASE BRING IT BACK. We still have the RN Stickers stuck to many things, not faded , still reminding us of what we still miss.

Anonymous 2 October 2013 - 9:08pm / USA

The English language broadcasts provided a much needed perspective that will be unavailable. Please reconsider as I envision this service will be a critical resource in the near future. The cost is so little in comparison to the benefit provided.

nguyenxuanhien143 18 July 2013 - 10:22am

to day is 07/18/2013 but i still feel sad.i wish you soon come back.

DILEEP.D.ANAND 20 May 2013 - 8:41am / INDIA

Well,to call a spade a spade,travelling down the memory lane,it was thanks to Radio Netherlands that I could practice my listening skills in English and if my English stands in good stead the credit goes to this fantabulous station.The station bridged and bounded the world in general and Europe in particular.I profoundly thank all the crew who had been instrumental in this great venture.Yet,quite sad and sorry you have signed off.

Jim Hayes 18 February 2013 - 4:13pm / Australia

Well, goodbye Radio Nederlands and thanks for those wonderful programmes especially the "Happy Station" run by tom Meijers. I listened to it in the '70s with my Radio Shack DX-140 shortwave receiver. I was in Sydney at the time. I actually recorded many of his shows off the air onto cassettes along with all the fading and atmospheric noises. Thank you to all those people it took to get the shows on to the airwaves. I hope that it can re-start in the future when things will no doubt get better.

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Anonimus 30 January 2013 - 5:41am / USA

I'm listening to SW broadcast radio since I build my own in 1997,then on commercial once,such as Grunding,RN where one
of them among DW,BBC,radio Australia,New Zeeland etc.I'm very disappointed, so many radio stations are out of the
air,because luck of money or new technology taking over.We SW leasener will miss it,specially if born out of USA. 25 January 2013 - 3:55pm / USA

Very sad to find one of the only truly unbiased and factual news and world event broadcast will no longer be availaible. Spcially to those peoples of the world who suffer under tirany and depended on your broadcast for a view and perspective of the real world, as opposed to them by the propaganda machines of their governments. Also lost is the far reaching and forward thinking human stories that brought both the joy and suffering of humanity from all overthe planet into the sunshine. A very sad day indeed. I've always admired the Dutch people and their government, but even more for their efforts, though RNW, to bring a ray of light about the true nature of humanity to the farthest reaches of the planet. Hopefully, like Paton, you will return someday.

Brighid Wu 13 January 2013 - 5:12am / North America

I'm a young woman who lives in a remote rural area. Tuning around lately, I had wondered where Radio Netherlands had gone to... Living sometimes far from cell phones and Internet, my friends and I depend on shortwave for news and connection. Shortwave still embodies a friendlier and warmer conception of media than can be found amongst the vicious polemics and vacuous corporate propaganda now coming to dominate. For that alone, there are many who love and need your services. But such goes double for we who, while ostensibly living in the heart of the global empire, live in a great measure of insecurity and lack of wealth. Who will now make us care about netherlanders as people? Who will speak to poor people, many of whom do not have access to the plastic Internet wonders? I hope the remaining thirty percent of your budget indeed helps people under censorship, because that estate is one I fear we are all coming to know as everything we see and hear becomes carefully strained by digital filters. The government of the Netherlands should be ashamed. Bless you, RNW. I'll miss you.

behzadpayandeh 10 November 2012 - 6:14pm / iran

Today after 1 year i decided to began listening to RNW but as i tuned to RNW station on hotbird sat. i got depressed . i got sorry and sad that my favorite programs are not broadcast any more. i am so sad sad , sad .

Andreas 15 October 2012 - 7:38pm / US

I was so saddened the day I learned the RNW was going to discontinue thier English language broadcasts. My father was an avid listener to RNW on short wave when I was growing up and for many years I have had your broadcast running continuously via the internet while I was at my desk at my office. The day just doesnt feel the same with out my team from Hilversum on my computer :( Thanks to all those that put on the shows for so many years, you will be sorely missed.

Anonymous 30 September 2012 - 10:54am / India

It's really sad to know. Usually, would catch your programmes (Earthbeat especially) on a FM channel here, and they were usually way behind the broadcast in the Netherlands, but they made for WONDERFUL listening. Hope the podcasts remain archived here on-site, for at least a year. Will miss the whole RNW experience :(

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Wayne Roberts 30 August 2012 - 10:18pm / United States

I like others remember tuning into the Happy Station show with Tom Meijer each week. I also remember listening with equal enjoyment to Dody and Jerry Cowan. Those were the days.

Dr. Steve Collins 17 August 2012 - 2:51pm / Angola

I have been puzzled that RNW has not appeared on any of the frequencies I faithfully listened to these many years! Only today did I discover via the Internet of what your government has done. Not good, not only sad but a serious loss. One of the best international English language news broadcasts, available everywhere and not blockable by countries frightened by democracy. Most who comment seem to accept this decision as fait acompli - but surely something can be done to restore the service? Even BBC has turned to "popular" changes that diminish its reputation - please, someone, make serious objection to your government!! STEVE COLLINS

larry fields 12 August 2012 - 11:41am / philippines

bring back your english broadcasts we dont do internet radio. Its a sad day when broadcasters like your self give up on your listeners.

Uwe Lynker 21 July 2012 - 1:41pm / Germany

As a Radio Netherlands listenerFan from the old but unorgettable days of Tom Meyer's Happy Station in the 70a onward snd, last but not least, as being a broadcast journalist myself and radio presenter myself up to the time I had to quit my job following considerable medical problems. I'd like to express my deepest regrets about the close down of Radio Netherlands in English, n o the highest quality international broadcasters in Europe. I personallythink it a shame your government seems to have undertaken its decision in complete neglect ofthe possibilities of international broadcasting which ersecially in the days of a united Europe has re-gained in importance considerably.I hope that some day you'll be back on the air again.

Kevin A. 13 July 2012 - 11:14am / USA

Speaking as a technical professional who has both watched the evolution of telecom technology and contributed to its changes over decades, and as an RNW listener since the 60's, I can say in retrospect I think the content provided by stations like RNW is not likely to go away for very long.

There is a huge and ever growing challenge of content curation and content dominance in internet media. On the one hand there's just too many voices to ever hope, as a listening individual with a busy life, to even survey them all. And these new voices are mostly unpaid for their efforts online, and thus of unpredictable availability over time. Then on the other hand next to them are increasingly well monied producers of corporate blandness and political and religious polemics. Its a rough time for the middle road.

There's also the matter of whether that content speaks in a healthy way to the cultural tone of its origin, when taken as a whole. Increasingly I think, useful vehicles for achieving this, such as journalistic outlook and training, are giving way to unreflected personal anecdotes and opinions, and the coarsest propaganda and PR releases masquerading as 'news from somewhere'.

Be that all as it may be in all its glory and ugliness, I believe there is still an enduring and valuable audience for they type of content that international cultural radio stations have provided. I believe audiences will to some extent always be drawn to programming which they can look forward to on a regular basis, which is prepared by individuals skilled and experienced in stepping back and finding broader news perspectives and cultural themes without coarse political or corporate manipulation, and which, lets be honest, is entertaining too.

Perhaps the next evolution of the spirit of RNW will be similar to NHK World. Whatever it will be, I don't think the audience is gone, and I don't think the interest and vision of people such as those who built and ran RNW is gone either. Its been a wonderful ride, and I look forward to the new carousel when it opens, complete with pipe organ of course!

Govind Joshi 6 July 2012 - 11:50am / India

I am very sorry to know that RNW has closed. I was an ardent fan of RNW in the 70's. Every evening I used to switch on the shortwave radio station firt to hear the oepning tunes of the Bells which mesmerised me. I was very much attracted by the voice of Tom Meyer. I had received some folders and Photographs of Tome Meyer walking through dense forest or gardens in the mist. It is just a coincidence that today morning I was travelling in a city bus and I had a flashback of memory. I just was thinking of some old Radio Stations and their various programms in the past. Then I remembered about RNW and the starting tunes of the ringing bells. I just opened the internet to know about the RNW station and I am really sorry to know about its closure.

Joel Wilson 5 July 2012 - 2:43pm / USA

From Jerry and Dotie Cowan on 375 meters medium wave from Bonair to RNW Classical, from PO Box 222 to RNW.NL, no other international broadcaster has kept me coming back for this long. Love that interval tuning signal.

jo 3 July 2012 - 10:22pm / DE

Sorry and sad to see you go, as we have seen many broadcasters go. Heard RNW from the late 70's onwards frequently, had always a great time, it was a station with high journalistic standards compared to MANY other sw-stations. RNW was one of the best.
All the best to all the staff, the hosts and presenters. Thanks for the time you gave your best to highlight the Netherlands, a nice little country we love and come to see again in our vacation in just about two weeks.

Take care you lot.

Paul Bailey 3 July 2012 - 1:19pm / AUSTRALIA

my words deleted cos can speak netherlands Taal............. sad see u go after 30 yrs, rip peace, Tom Meyer, jonathon Marks, eddie Stark, be toss in grave, u abandon people.

Paul Bailey 3 July 2012 - 1:15pm / australia

Is sad to know The Netherlands, no long broadcast, been loyal listener on SW since 1982, but since new tech taken over, lots countries , faded away, any you no different, hope Mr E, first host Happy Station not come haunt you, now $$ bean counters, THANKS FOR ALL DONE LAST 30 YRS, PROMOTE NEDERLAND, AND THRU RADIO HOBBY, TOM MEYERS,JONATHON MARKS,ALL WERELD OMROEP MENSE, DANKIE EN, LIVE WELL, SINCE net broadcasts not same,


larry fields 3 July 2012 - 11:55am / japan

its very sad to hear your leaving the airwaves especially since alot of countries need to get info from the outsside world that cant be done via internet or other means, shortwave crosses boundaries unlike any media and its not blocked like that of North Korea which blocks many stations, look at Libya and others, they blocked the internet, probably the same of Syria. But the only way for many of us to learrn whats go on is from Shortwave broadcasts like yours and believe me its heardd world wide.. There are good reasons to stay but the most important is your needed out here..

73 from Larry,n6hpx
shortwave listener for 45 yrs
and ham for 31 yrs

Maxwell Korpoi 3 July 2012 - 5:27am / Netherlands

I will definitely miss the English Programme as it has been my only source of information regarding what was happying in the Dutch land. I learn so many Dutch proverbs, enables me to follow the story, helped me inform others correctly and leave doubt in the minds of people who know I can't read or understand Dutch and yet I was well informed.
As a Christian, I am praying that the Country will soon fully recover from the financial drama and you will change you mind to resume your service to staff members of more than 150 international organisations in the Den Haag alone.
Thank you for giving me power over the years I have stayed in the Netherlands as "Information is Power". To the many workers who gaving up their sleep, vacation time and family, I say thank you all.

Richard Benifer 3 July 2012 - 12:00am / UK

Very saddened by this.Thank you for all your good work.

Andy Taptakov 2 July 2012 - 8:28pm / Moldova

It's very sad. I've been listening to you since I was 14, I'll miss you...

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