About us

The Radio Netherlands building in Hilversum
Former Radio Netherlands’ building in Hilversum

Radio Netherlands (RN) was the Dutch international service, an independent, publicly-funded media organisation, producing and transmitting programs for audiences outside the Netherlands. In addition to Dutch and a number of other languages, RN (later known as RNW or Radio Netherlands Worldwide) broadcast in English from 1947 to 2012 via shortwave, internet and partner stations.

The English-language output included news and current affairs, as well as documentaries and programmes about the Netherlands, Europe, culture, music, the media and international affairs. The station gained a reputation for providing unique, objective and high-quality public radio, garnering dozens of international awards for its productions.

Major budget cuts led to the shutdown of RN’s radio transmissions in 2012, and the extensive English-language multi-media archives were taken offline. A group of former employees created this site to make over 1200 of the station’s programmes available for future generations.