Six public broadcasters have informed the NPO that undesirable behavior has been reported within their organization. These are reports in the past three years, says NPO chairman Frederieke Leeflang.
Leeflang gives no further details. “We do not go public with that,” she told ANP news agency. “Confidentiality and anonymity are paramount here.” She does confirm that a recent report about transgressive behavior behind the scenes at the VPRO program Villa da Musica is one of them.
At the beginning of this month, the VPRO announced the music documentary Villa da Musica withdraw due to a tweet about transgressive behavior from an executive who worked on past music documentaries that are being looked back on. The tweet was from an editor/host. The unwanted behavior happened decades ago.
The major broadcasters KRO-NCRV and AVROTROS say that no reports of undesirable behavior have been made with them. A spokesperson for Omroep MAX did not want to give the ANP a response and BNNVARA and the EO said they were unable to comment directly.
‘Requires an external hotline’
Last month, the NPO chairman asked all broadcasters in a letter about the cases of sexual and other transgressive behavior known to them and what measures were taken afterwards. The NPO has pointed out to the reporters all the options available, from confidential advisers, reporting centers to complaints committees.
Because in some cases it concerns people who are no longer employed by the broadcasters, Leeflang says it is important to have an external hotline. “We now want to take that step together. We want to do that sector-wide with at least the public broadcaster, possibly also with Talpa and RTL,” said the chairman.