Media watchdog fears independent investigation by NPO into abuses at DWDD | Media

The Media Authority is concerned about the independence of the investigation that the NPO has announced into the working culture at the program DWDD. According to the media watchdog, which monitors compliance with the Media Act, not only the implementation but also the commissioning of the investigation should be in independent hands. The Commissariat has indicated to the NPO and the ministry that it wishes to take on this task, a spokesperson reports to ANP on Wednesday.

“The NPO and at least one of its managers are – in short – too much subject of investigation to be a client themselves,” said the media watchdog.

NPO director Frans Klein, who was previously responsible for as director of the VARA DWDD, resigned his functions for the time being on Tuesday. “The commissioning can also lie with another party, as long as it is not the NPO or BNNVARA and independence is guaranteed.”

Anger outbursts

The Commissariat points out that earlier this week Mariëtte Hamer, the government coordinator for transgressive behaviour, and BNNVARA director Suzanne Kunzeler also pointed this out.

The NPO investigation focuses on the question of what signals about abuses there have been and what happened to those signals. At the time, as media director of BNNVARA, Klein was closely involved in the recording of DWDD and later got a position as video director at the NPO.

De Volkskrant article is cause for investigation

The research follows an article in de Volkskrant in which more than fifty former employees of DWDD told their story. They speak of “extreme outbursts of anger and public humiliations” by presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk.

Klein said in the newspaper that he was not aware of transgressive behavior behind the scenes. He acknowledged that some of Van Nieuwkerk’s statements went “too far”, but said it was also “the work culture”.

Van Nieuwkerk has since broken the collaboration with BNNVARA. The NTR has made Van Nieuwkerk of all programs he made around the Top 2000.

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