Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wereldomroep already no longer exists - gone and quickly forgotten

A couple of colleagues working on documentaries of the 1950's and 60's asked me what ever happened to the sound archives of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, the Dutch equivalent of BBC World Service.

After a massive budget cut and reorganisation in 2012, the direct broadcast activities of the station were indefinitely suspended and parts of the archives moved to the Netherlands Sound and Vision Archive. It looks as though these assets are not going to be put on line. But I am surprised that none of the extensive collection put together by Martien Sleutjes seems to be available on line. You would expect that typing "Wereldomroep" into the national footage archive would at least come up with something. The Wereldomroep also made film material during it's lifetime. But, apparently, that is no longer the case. How quickly national heritage disappears, heritage which cost a small fortune to make.

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