Jeugdjournaal (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjøːxt.ʃuːrˌnaːl]; "youth news programme") is a Dutch television news programme produced by the Dutch public service broadcaster NOS for children. The programme has been on air since 1981.

Marga van Praag in 1984.jpg
Marga van Praag presenting in 1984.
Children's television
Presented byVarious
Theme music composerCablejuice
Country of originNetherlands
Original languageDutch
Production locationsMedia Park,
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
(Main edition)
Production companyNOS
Original networkNPO Zapp
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release5 January 1981 (1981-01-05) –
Related showsNOS Journaal

The main evening programme airs at 7:00 pm (CET), running for 20 minutes every night on NPO 3 (formerly Nederland 3). A 5-minute short version also airs on weekdays at 8:45 am. Both programmes are also broadcast on the international satellite Dutch-language television station BVN.

The aim of Jeugdjournaal was to present news that is both of interest to and within the mindset of a younger audience, without shying away from the main national and international news headlines. Because of its use of easy language and simple explanation of current affairs, the broadcasts also attracted a following with adult viewers.


A radio news programme for young viewers titled Jeugdjournaal already existed as early as 1947 on Hilversum 2, commissioned by NCRV.[1] By the 1950s, NTS, the predecessor to NOS, broadcast a youth current affairs programme called De verrekijker.[2]

The idea of a televised youth news programme similar to that of the NTS Journaal arose in 1973, as research showed that there was an interest in this type of programme among children. In 1980, De Telegraaf reported that the board of NOS was not fully persuaded to have a programme similar to the BBC's Newsround, as it was not the task of the NOS to create youth-oriented programming.[3] Other public broadcasters, such as AVRO, NCRV, KRO and TROS also protested against the idea of a current affairs programme for children.[4] Some viewers argued that there was no need for a specified youth-orientated programme, rather the NOS should work to make the main news programme accessible to a wider audience.[5] Ed van Westerloo, the then editor-in-chief of NOS Journaal, however called the idea an "enrichment".[6]

Thanks to the decision of Til Gardeniers-Berendsen, then Minister of Culture, Recreation and Social Work, NOS received over a million guilders to produce Jeugdjournaal.[7] The first broadcast was then planned for 1 October 1980 as part of a two-year trial.[8] In May 1980, the first broadcast was delayed to 5 January 1981 as an excessive number of people had applied for the five to seven available positions for the creation of the programme.[9]

The first Jeugdjournaal broadcast received lukewarm responses. The show's first editor-in-chief, Arno Wamsteeker, blamed it on the lack of news that very 5 January 1981.[10] In an NRC Handelsblad article of 31 December 1981, it was noted that most children were however satisfied with Jeugdjournaal.[11]

Jeugdjournaal was nominated for the Gouden Stuiver, the most important television prize for children's programming, a total of seven times. The programme lost out in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008 before finally receiving the accolade in 2009.[12]

Well-known presenters and reportersEdit

Jeugdjournaal presenters Robert ten Brink and Leoni Jansen in 1984
  • Milouska Meulens (2000–2015)
  • Tamara Seur (2004)
  • Siham Raijou (2010)
  • Joris Marseille (2012)
  • Lysette van Geel (2014)
  • Welmoed Sijtsma (2015)
  • Lucas van de Meerendonk (2017)
  • Malou Petter (2017)
  • Marga van Praag (1981–1996)
  • Leoni Jansen (1982–1986)
  • Robert ten Brink (1983–1989)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Radioprogramma". Het Parool. 22 October 1947.
  2. ^ "KIJK NAAR:". De Telegraaf. 24 September 1958.
  3. ^ Berkenbosch, Co (8 January 1980). "De lijdensweg van het NOS-jeugdjournaal". De Telegraaf.
  4. ^ Jungman, Wim (16 January 1980). "Geen jeugdjournaal". Het Parool.
  5. ^ Berkenbosch, Co (8 January 1980). "De lijdensweg van het NOS-jeugdjournaal". De Telegraaf.
  6. ^ Berkenbosch, Co (8 January 1980). "De lijdensweg van het NOS-jeugdjournaal". De Telegraaf.
  7. ^ "Kinderen krijgen in oktober a.s. toch nog eigen journaal". NRC Handelsblad. 19 January 1980.
  8. ^ "Jeugdjournaal per 1 oktober". Limburgsch Dagblad. 19 January 1980.
  9. ^ "Jeugdjournaal start drie maanden later". Nederlands Dagblad. 24 May 1980. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  10. ^ Wamsteeker, Arno. "HOLLANDS DAGBOEK". NRC Handelsblad.
  11. ^ Telgenhof, Gerda (31 December 1981). "Een jaar Jeugdjournaal: meeste kinderen tevreden". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Jeugdjournaal wint Gouden Stuiver!". 24 October 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2020.

Related linksEdit

  • Official website (in Dutch)