Ben Bot, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, has issued a statement in response to recent developments in the drastic restructuring of the organisation. On behalf of the Supervisory Board and RNW's directors, he expresses regret at the negative publicity that has emerged.
In his statement, Mr Bot points out that the Netherlands’ international broadcaster is facing the most turbulent period in its 65-year history. The prospect of 70 percent budget cuts has prompted emotions and given rise to painful and difficult choices.
Touching on the recent resignation of the Editor-in-Chief Rik Rensen and his deputy Ardi Bouwers, Mr Bot observes that the plan for the future of RNW currently on the table not only had the full backing of the editors-in-chief but was also largely written by them.
In response to the news of a possible million-euro golden handshake for General Director Jan Hoek, the statement says Mr Hoek has indicated that the established terms and conditions governing his position will be the subject of future discussions.
After stating that the Supervisory Board, like the Works Council, wishes to distance itself from inaccurate reports, Mr Bot’s response concludes by emphasising that most of the staff at Radio Netherlands Worldwide are working hard to bring the organisation in its current form to a fitting end and to ensure that the new slimmed-down RNW gets off to a good start.
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