|TV stations||RTL 4|
|Sven Sauvé (CEO)|
|1 September 1995|
|Holland Media Group (1995-2004)|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Replaced||RTL 4 SA|
The history of the network dates back to 1989 when dutch minded RTL-Véronique started airing from Luxembourg. At the time commercial television was prohibited in The Netherlands, but by airing from Luxembourg the law could be bypassed. In the beginning the channel only focused on youth, this changed in 1990 when an agreement was made with Joop van den Ende - whos own commercial channel TV10 failed due to the same law - and the name of the channel was changed into RTL 4. In 1993 a second channel was created named RTL 5.
In 1995 the two channels were merged in a new joint-venture with Veronica Association, until then part of the Dutch public broadcasting system. The new joint-venture was named Holland Media Group (HMG) and consisted of RTL 4, RTL 5, Veronica and the radio station HitRadio Veronica. From 1997 till 1998 HMG participated in TV10, together with Saban, but sold its share to Fox. The joint-venture existed until 2001 when the Veronica Association left, leaving their channel and radio station behind, but because they took the trademark the channel and radio station were renamed Yorin.
The company changed its name from Holland Media Group to RTL Nederland in 2004, a year later Yorin was renamed again this time to RTL 7. In 2006 the Yorin radio station was sold to SBS Broadcasting.
As of August 2007 the group entered into a new joint-venture with John de Mol, whos own commercial channel was failing at the time. RTL Nederland acquired the channel and Radio 538, John de Mol's Talpha Media Holding would acquire 26,3% of the shares in RTL Nederland. The acquired channel was renamed RTL 8 that same month. In 2011 John de Mol was forced by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets to sell his share in RTL Nederland when he and Sanoma acquired competitor SBS Broadcasting, taking with him the radio stations Radio 538, Radio 10 Gold and SLAM!FM.
Over the years the group acquired several other companies, including Wentik Events (2010, renamed to RTL Live Entertainment), Bright (2015), Buienradar (2011), Videoland (2013), Adfactor (2017), BrandDeli (2018), Triade Media (2015).
After John de Mol raised his stake in SBS Broadcasting in 2017 to full ownership he sought a partnership with RTL Nederland. In his opinion there wasn't enough space for two major Dutch commercial television networks in the changed media landscape, RTL shut down his offer. However in June 2021 RTL Nederland and Talpa Network announced plans for a merger, pending approval by the European Commission and the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets. In the new conglomerate, RTL Nederland is to hold 70% of the shares and Talpa 30%. Talpa Entertainment Productions and Talpa Concepts won't be a part of the merger. Both parties reasoned that a merger was the only solution to an ever growing presence of foreign media parties, giving space to a single commercial Dutch media company that's capable of producing specifically for the Dutch market. Critics however claimed that the failing of Talpa Network is the reason behind the merger. In January 2022 the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets stated that it could not approve the merger as of yet and that further investigation to the consequences of price, quality and innovation is necessary.
Description: Bright is focused on innovation. We are always searching for the ingenuity in technology, design and style. We are part of RTL Netherlands and produce content for RTL Nieuws, RTL Z en RTL 7. We are also the biggest Dutch tech media brand on social media platforms and we make a weekly podcast.