BNNVARA director apologizes for ‘culture of fear’ and hopes for an apology from Matthijs van Nieuwkerk

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk © The Telegraph

BNNVARA director Suzanne Kunzeler has made “a deeply felt regret” in the Nieuwsuur program on behalf of the broadcaster. “To all those people, all those former colleagues, also colleagues who still work at BNNVARA, who have sometimes been victims of this for years”, “worked in fear” and “had to experience that suffering”

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With this, Kunzeler responds to the article published on Friday in de Volkskrant about years of transgressive behavior behind the scenes of the Dutch program, including by presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk.

Kunzeler indicates that he hopes for a public expression of regret from presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk. “It was always very important to us that he would acknowledge that he crossed boundaries and express regret.” The presenter has done that in conversations with the Dutch broadcaster BNNVARA, says the director, but she thinks it is “important that he also does it to people who are concerned”. But Kunzeler believes that this also concerns BNNVARA. She calls the transgressive behavior “terrible” and thinks “it is not normal for people to live in fear”.

BNNVARA previously said it was “shocked”. “A number of (former) colleagues indicate in no uncertain terms that their borders have been crossed,” the broadcaster wrote in a statement. “The editors and presenter should have been held accountable for their behaviour. The fact that this did not happen at the time is painful for the (former) colleagues who are affected by this.”

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