Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie

The Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (Flemish Radio and Television Broadcasting Organisation), or VRT (Dutch: [ˌveːjɛrˈteː], is the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Region and Community of Belgium.

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie
TypeTerrestrial radio and television
OwnerFlemish Community
Launch date
1930 (radio)
1953 (television)
Former names
NIR (1930–1960),
BRT (1960–1991),
BRTN (1991–1998)
Official website
Communications tower in Brussels Redvers
The communications tower at the headquarters of VRT / RTBF in Brussels, the Reyers Tower.


VRT is the successor to the Nationaal Instituut voor de Radio-omroep (NIR, 1930–60), Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep (BRT, 1960–1991), and Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep Nederlandstalige Uitzendingen (BRTN, 1991–1998). The NIR (known as the INR in French) and BRT (RTB in French) had each been single state-owned entities with separate Dutch- and French-language production departments. However, in 1977, as part of the ongoing state reform in Belgium broadcasting became reserved to the language communities rather than the national government in 1977. Accordingly, BRT/RTB went their separate ways in 1977. While the former French half changed its name to RTBF in 1977, the Dutch side retained the BRT name until becoming BRTN in 1991. However, the two broadcasters share production facilities on Auguste Reyerslaan (French: Boulevard Auguste Reyers) in Brussels.

The final renaming to VRT, on 1 January 1998, followed a change in the organization's legal status: from being part of a semi-governmental entity (a parastatale in Belgian terminology) it had, on 16 April 1997, became a publicly owned corporation (NV van publiek recht) in its own right.

As successors to the NIR/INR, VRT and its counterpart in the French Community of Belgium, RTBF, share the Belgian membership in the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – an association of public broadcasters in the countries of Europe and the Mediterranean rim that, amongst other activities, organizes the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

With the ending of its television monopoly – marked by the creation of VTM, a commercial television company that initially captured more than half of VRT's audience – the public broadcaster has been compelled to fight back, and part of its successful response has been the use of external production houses such as Woestijnvis, the creator of such formats as The Mole (De mol) and Man bites dog (TV series) (Man bijt hond).

Logo history


BRTN logo 1960

VRT's third and older logo used from 1960 to 1977.


VRT logo (2002-2017)

VRT's sixth and previous logo used from 7 January 2002 to 21 June 2017.



VRT's seventh and current logo since 22 June 2017.

Television channels

Television channels are transmitted on:[1]

Current channels

  • Één (Dutch for: one), the main channel, formerly known as VRT TV1. Started in 1953 on VHF channel 10. In PAL colour since 1971. In 1977 the transmission standard changed from Belgian 625 to European CCIR) standard.
  • Canvas, the quality TV channel. Started in 1997.
  • Ketnet, the children's channel. Formerly took up Canvas's channel from 6am to 8pm.
  • Sporza, the sports channel. Sport programs (like cycling, football, tennis...) are aired under the Sporza name but on the channels of Één, Canvas or Ketnet. During big sport events (like the Olympics) it is not uncommon for two or more channels to simultaneously air Sporza.

Former channels

  • BRTN TV2 was launched on 26 April 1977 as BRT TV2. BRT(N) TV2 broadcast Terzake and Het Journaal 8 uur until Sunday, 30 November 1997, when TV2 ceased transmission. On Monday 1 December 1997, BRTN TV2 was split into two channels: BRTN Ketnet and BRTN Canvas. The two channels were part of BRTN until 1998 – Canvas and Ketnet are still broadcasting as part of VRT2.
  • OP12 (Dutch for: on twelve) was a channel used as backup in the event of primetime shortage. Mostly used for excess sport- and culture programs. It was discontinued in 2014.[4]

Radio channels

The VRT broadcasts radio channels in both analog format (FM) and digital format (using DAB+). All channels are also broadcast live over the Internet.

International broadcasting was done via VRT's Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal (RVi).

Analog and digital

Digital-only channels

  • Klara continuo - uninterrupted classical music
  • MNM Hits - uninterrupted popular music
  • VRT NWS - latest news programme continuously repeated

Streaming-only channels

  • Ketnet Hits - uninterrupted kids music
  • MNM UrbaNice - uninterrupted urban music
  • Studio Brussel De Tijdloze - uninterrupted alternative classics


They also have a TMC service transmitted on Radio 2.

See also


  1. ^ "Televisie kijken" [Watch TV] (in Dutch). VRT.
  2. ^ "VRT News, May 17 2018". VRT News.
  3. ^ "VRT blijft via de ether uitzenden" [VRT to keep broadcasting via ether]. Totaal TV (in Dutch). 7 July 2018.
  4. ^ "OP12". VRT. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.

External links

Media related to Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°51′10″N 4°24′06″E / 50.85278°N 4.40167°E

2012 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

The 2012 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad took place on 25 February 2012. It was the 67th edition of the international classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. This year's Omloop started and ended at St. Peter's Square in Ghent, Belgium and spanned 200 km (124.3 mi) in the province of East Flanders. The race was the first 1.HC event in the 2012 UCI Europe Tour.The race was won by Belgium's Sep Vanmarcke of the Garmin–Barracuda team, taking his first professional victory in a three-man sprint finish in Ghent. Vanmarcke out-sprinted Omega Pharma–Quick-Step's Tom Boonen and Team Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha, the 2010 winner, to the line.

2014 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne

The 2014 Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne took place on 2 March 2014. It was the 66th edition of the international classic Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne and was won by Tom Boonen of Omega Pharma–Quick-Step in a sprint of a ten-man group.

Axel Hirsoux

Axel Hirsoux (born 26 September 1982) is a Belgian singer. He represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Mother". In the final of the local pre-selection Eurosong, he received more than 50 percent of the televotes and 4 times the maximum of 12 points from the international jury.

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece. The Belgian entry was selected through a national selection, Eurosong '06, organised by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Kate Ryan represented Belgium with the song "Je t'adore", which failed to qualify from the competition's semi-final, placing 12th and scoring 69 points.

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected through the national final Eurosong 2014, organised by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Axel Hirsoux performed the Belgian entry "Mother" written by Rafael Artesero and Ashley Hicklin. The song failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 14th and scoring 28 points.

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "What's the Pressure" written by Sanne Putseys, Louis Favre, Birsen Uçar and Yannick Werther. The song was performed by Laura Tesoro. The Belgian entry for the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden was selected through the national final Eurosong 2016, organised by the Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). The competition featured five competing acts and consisted of two presentation shows and a final. In the final on 17 January 2016, the winner was selected over two rounds of voting: the first selected the top two via the votes of ten international jury groups and a public televote, while the second selected the winner solely by public televoting. "What's the Pressure" performed by Laura Tesoro was the winner after placing first during both rounds of voting.

Belgium was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 12 May 2016. Performing as the closing entry during the show in position 18, "What's the Pressure" was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 14 May. It was later revealed that Belgium placed third out of the 18 participating countries in the semi-final with 274 points. In the final, Belgium performed in position 1 and placed tenth out of the 26 participating countries, scoring 181 points.

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Sennek was internally selected by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) on 28 September 2017 to represent the nation at the 2018 contest in Lisbon.

Canvas (Belgian TV channel)

Canvas is a Belgian television channel, which forms part of the Flemish public broadcasting organisation Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Specialising in both original and adaptations from western Europe and North America, the channel offers: in-depth news and current affairs, non-mainstream entertainment, documentaries, arthouse films, other cultural programming, and most recently additional children's programming.

The channel, launched in December 1997, is part of VRT's second network (VRT 2), which also carries occasional sports programming under the Sporza branding. The current network controller of VRT 2 is Bart De Poot. Until 2012, Canvas used to share with the children's channel Ketnet between 7 am and 8 pm; Ketnet has thus moved to its own channel and Canvas became a standalone channel.

Prior to the launch of OP12, Canvas broadcast from 8pm until around midnight to 1 am each evening. Since October 27, 2018, Ketnet Junior began airing on this channel every afternoon between 2 and 7 pm (Sunday until 6 pm), along with morning broadcasts on Ketnet. This marked the return of children's programming that was originally on the second VRT channel after a six-year absence. Now Canvas begins its broadcasts between 2 pm and ends between 11:45 pm or 12:30 am, seven days a week.

Iris (singer)

Laura van den Bruel, known as Iris or Airis (born 19 January 1995) is a Belgian singer.

List of radio stations in Belgium

The following is a list of radio stations in Belgium.

Miel Louw

Miel Louw (26 May 1933 – 8 December 2007, Leuven) was a Belgian journalist, television presenter, and writer. He worked for Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) for 32 years.Louw began his career in 1961, and worked as a news journalist in radio and television. He reported for the current affairs series Echo from 1968 to 1974 and the consumer documentary series Wikken en wegen from 1974 until 1979. He retired in 1993 and died of lung cancer in 2007 at the age of 74.


RTBF (Radio-Télévision belge de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles) is a public-service broadcasting organization delivering radio and television services to the French-speaking Community of Belgium, in Wallonia and Brussels. Its counterpart in the Flemish Community is the Dutch-language VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie), and in the German-speaking Community it is BRF (Belgischer Rundfunk).

RTBF operates five television channels – La Une, La Deux, La Trois, Arte Belgique and PureVision together with a number of radio channels, La Première, RTBF International, VivaCité, Musiq3, Classic 21, and PureFM.

The organization's headquarters in Brussels, which is shared with VRT, is sometimes referred to colloquially as Reyers. This comes from the name of the avenue where RTBF/VRT's main building is located, the Boulevard Auguste Reyers (Dutch: Auguste Reyerslaan).

September Declaration

The September Declaration (Dutch: Septemberverklaring) is the annual government policy statement of Flanders in the form of a speech by the Minister-President of Flanders to the members of the Flemish Parliament. The Declaration, drafted by the Flemish Government, informs Parliament (and citizens) about the general state of Flemish society, and the main policy and budget plans for the next year.The September Declaration is held annually on the fourth Monday in September, which is where its name comes from. The speech is more or less comparable to the Speech from the Throne in the Netherlands or the State of the Union in the United States. A more elaborate discussion of the plans commences the next Wednesday.

The Policy Statement (Dutch: Beleidsverklaring) in the Belgian Federal Parliament by the federal government is held about two weeks later, on the second Wednesday in October.

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw Tower

The Sint-Pieters-Leeuw Tower, sometimes called the VRT-toren, although there are several by that name, is a 302 metre tall free standing tower at Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium built in 1994. It is the tallest free standing structure in Belgium. The tower's location, south-west of Brussels, was chosen for its central location in Belgium and to minimize hindrance to Brussels Airport beyond the opposite end of the city. The tower is owned by Norkring België.After its construction, it emerged that the tower was built illegally, due to irregularities in the building permits. There were complaints against it as locals feel the unpainted concrete is an eyesore, and it has even been suggested that the tower may be demolished. In April 2007, the irregularities were straightened out and the tower has retroactively acquired the legal permit to be built.

Studio Brussel

Studio Brussel (Studio Brussels) (often shortened StuBru) is a Dutch-speaking radio station in Belgium, owned by the VRT. The music played is considered more alternative than the other big radio stations, and is aimed mainly at a youth audience. The channel is an initiative of the Flemish Government and is financed principally by taxes.


Tienerklanken (English: Teen Sounds) was a Belgian Dutch language pop music television programme. It was broadcast from 1963 to 1973, running on the Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie Belgian television network. It showcased European and American stars of the pop, rock and rhythm and blues genres, such as Jacques Brel, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. The show also had segments dealing with controversial counterculture revolution topics, such as drugs and sex.

Top 30 (Belgium)

The Top 30 (also known previously as the BRT Top 30 and today as both the Radio 2 Top 30 and the VRT Top 30) is a Belgian weekly music record chart compiled by the Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) network and broadcast every Saturday on its station Radio 2. It debuted on 2 May 1970, with "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum as its first number-one song.It was the pre-eminent music industry standard chart for Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) until January 1995, when the Ultratop 50 was established. However, the Top 30 continues to be compiled to the present day, and as such has become the longest-running music chart in Belgium.


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