The Shaky Pillars of Hilversum
  • Herman Wigbold


Dutch television contains all the ingredients of the perfect system. There is no government interference, which in any case is forbidden by law. The political parties exercise no control, apart from certain negligible indirect influences. There is a certain amount of controlled advertising but no private commercial television. The individual programme-maker has very wide freedom and television as a whole is not the object of crippling rules and regulations. Nor are the parties, business interests and government clamouring for a new system over which they would have more power (although all of these groups complain about specific programmes from time to time). Yet, quite emphatically, the Dutch have failed to produce the perfect television system.


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