The media landscape in the Netherlands, also known as Holland, has been characterized by the presence of a strong public broadcaster and the movement toward an independent press. This entry examines the historical development of Dutch media organizations, their affiliation with political ideologies, ownership and popularity, the role of the state, and niche media as well as media products particular to the Netherlands.

Background and Historical Development

Originally, the Dutch media landscape was characterized as pillarized (or verzuild in Dutch), because most of the outlets were originally associated with the major religious, ideological, and/or political segments in society. Although such ideological affiliations are still at the root of many mass media organizations today, since the mid-1960s, media outlets have focused on meeting professional standards (i.e., independence) and ...

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