|Radio Netherlands broadcast centre. Completely empty by May 2013|
|Editorial was always separate from management|
|Radio Netherlands will move into what was the Radio Netherlands Training Centre|
|The "new" newsroom in the main building will be empty as from next week|
|The new Radio Netherlands will be based here as from March 15th 2013|
The last office I occupied in the main building was on the first floor, also used for the production of Media Network when I was programme director.
|The old office of the Programme Director, from where we also ran Media Network|
|I see the sign I bought back from Shanghai has survived ten years without me|
|The cove where the Media Network prep equipment was housed.|
|Studio square. Actually never looked better than now. Used to be an awful colour|
|Al Jazzera plays on the TV screen outside Studio 4. Packing cases are ready...|
The skip in the yard is full of the past. Mainly CD's of long obsolete office software, publicity posters and signs.
I also spotted the movie poster of Hotel Rwanda on the wall of the Broadcast Facilities Nederland office, the organisation that supplied a team of excellent sound engineers. That brings back a particular memory because what we did in March 1995 was used as background material for that film made in 2004. That was the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. We built a hate-media dossier on the Media Network website and the film website quoted from it.
We knew that Radio Milles Collines incited genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But in March 1995 when the programme below was made, we didn't know the full extent of the tragedy. That would be revealed several years later at the trials in Arusha, Tanzania. Eric Beachemin did a lot of travelling in the Great Lakes region of East Africa and brought back with him some unique insights into how media could help repair the social damage as well. This was one of the first programmes which featured the voice of Diana Janssen, at that time Head of Strategy.
|Everyone is curious as to what will happen next|