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Nederlandse Publieke Omroep
HeadquartersPostbus 26444, Bart de Graaffweg 2, 1202 JJ Hilversum, Netherlands
Coordinates52°14′20″N 5°10′08″E / 52.238886°N 5.168882°E / 52.238886; 5.168882
Official language
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Frederieke Leeflang [nl]
Parent organization
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (in Dutch)
Formerly called
Publieke Omroep (2000–2008)

Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈneːdərlɑntsə pyˈblikə ˈʔɔmrup]; abbreviated to NPO [ˌɛnpeːˈoː]; literally "Dutch Public Broadcaster")[1] or Dutch Foundation for Public Broadcasting[2] (Dutch: Stichting Nederlandse Publieke Omroep) is a Dutch public broadcasting organisation that administers public broadcasting services in the Netherlands.[3] NPO is also the owner of the radio-spectrum licence and public DVB-T and DAB+ frequencies.

Media Act 2008

According to Article 2.2 the Dutch Media Act of 2008, NPO has been appointed as the governing organisation of the public broadcasting system of the Netherlands until 2020. At the head of the organisation there are two bodies: the board of directors that administers the whole public television and radio broadcasting system; and the supervisory board.


Main article: Dutch public broadcasting system

Prior to the reorganisation in the 2000s, the Dutch public broadcasting system was managed by another public broadcasting organisation, the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), which has since become a member of NPO.


The objectives of NPO are:

Representation in international organisations

NPO is an active member of the European Broadcasting Union,[4] and co-organised the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with member broadcasters AVROTROS and NOS.[5]


In 2013, NPO became the winner of the Prix Europa award for the Best TV Fiction Script by a Newcomer (for the screenplay of the film The Deflowering of Eva Van End, written by Anne Barnhoorn in collaboration with NPO).[6]



  1. ^ Business Wire (2010-05-20). "Dutch Public Broadcasting Agency Selects Energy Efficient Data Storage by Inprove Powered By NexentaStor". Reuters (Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release). Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. ((cite news)): |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ "National Integrity System Assessment, Netherlands". Transparency International Netherlands ( 13 May 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-23. The Dutch Foundation for Public Broadcasting (NPO) is the state financed cooperation and coordination body for the implementation of the public media mission on a national level. The NPO is subsidized by the government - 1 billion per year - required to provide information to the Minister of OCW. Also, a report must be submitted annually.
  3. ^ a b "Welke rol speelt de NPO als organisatie binnen het Nederlandse omroepbestel?" (in Dutch). NPO ( Archived from the original on 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2014-11-23.
  4. ^ "EBU – Active Members". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2014-11-23.
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2020 to be a co-production between Avrotros, NPO and NOS". EscXtra. 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Prix Europa: NPO netherlands wins EBU sponsored TV award". European Broadcasting Union. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2014-11-23.

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