Tag Archives: holland

paidContent:UK: Telegraaf to buy Dutch social network Hyves

Telegraaf Media Group, which publishes de Telegraaf newspaper in Holland, is buying social networking site Hyves. The network claims to have more than 10 million users.

TMG isn’t naming its price, but says the money is all from existing resources, and it expects Hyves to turn over €20 million for 2010…

Though the likes of Facebook remain ahead of the international, U.S. and UK social networking packs, copycats have taken hold in many European nations, catering to specific linguistic communities. They remain under pressure by the international incumbents pushing at territorial doors and by the take-off of microblogging networks like Twitter.

Full story on paidContent:UK at this link…

Editors Weblog: Dutch government to finance 60 jobs for young journalists

The Dutch government is to finance a €4 million plan to support 60 young journalists across 30 press titles in the country.

The scheme will offer two-year contracts to young journalists (though an age range is not specified in the report) to encourage a new generation of journalists and innovation in the industry.

The contracts will be made with publishers and not the government; and the scheme will not result in job cuts amongst older journalists, the report says.

Full story at this link…

(Original report in French at Media Trends)

DutchNews.nl: Regional press agency leaks thousands of telephone numbers

A leak in the security system of Dutch regional press agency GPD meant thousands of phone numbers for public figures were openly accessible.

Other personal information was also available via a Google search.

Full story at this link…

Original story by Tweakers.net (in Dutch).

Press Gazette: Dutch court says tapping of journalist’s phone was illegal

Jolande van der Graaf, a De Telegraaf journalist, who had her phone tapped by Holland’s secret service after report using leaked government information, won her case last week.

A Dutch court ruled that the tapping of both van der Graafe and her editor-in-chief’s phones was unlawful.

AIVD, the country’s secret service, is expected to appeal the decision, which provides an interesting contrast to the recently reported ‘phone hacking’ activities of the News of the World.

Full post at this link…

(Not) speaking Dutch: new English language website launches with a Netherlands theme

NRC Handelsblad launched an English language website this week… for people with an interest in the Netherlands and its news.

As a press release published at MarketWatch said, the new website will target foreigners who cannot read Dutch, but are interested in Dutch ‘quality journalism’.

News, features and opinion will be published daily, reflecting domestic issues, and looking at international news that impacts the Netherlands.

There will be a discussion forum, concentrating on current affairs, to which well-known Dutch nationals will contribute.

Nrc.nl/international is a collaboration with German site Spiegel Online, which has existing partnerships with the International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek and the New York Times.

The site is also linked to DutchNews.nl, the work of two British journalists. The editors of DutchNews.nl will translate and edit articles for Nrc.nl/international.