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Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep
Between 1960 until 1991, VRT was called BRT (Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep). It is the successor of NIR, which was responsible for radio and television broadcasts from 1930 (and until 1953 for TV) until 1960. Politicians thought the naming was no longer appropriate. BRT was only broadcasting Dutch programs whereas RTBF, the public broadcaster of Wallonia, was only broadcasting French programs. That is why in 1991 the name BRTN (Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep Nederlandstalige Uitzendingen) was introduced. When the statute of BRTN changed in 1998 they also changed the name into VRT. This reorganisation changed the public broadcaster, since the TV monopoly and the creation of VTM, into a dynamic and powerful service that is currently (2004) the market leader. Part of the success is the use of external production houses such as Woestijnvis that created successful formats like The Mole (De Mol).
Television channels are broadcasted over terrestrial antennas using UHF and VHF, digitally over DVB-T and on all Belgian cable tv operators (analog only). Tests using digital broadcasts over ADSL lines are currently underway (in cooperation with Belgacom).
- één , the main channel, formerly known as TV 1 (één is one in Dutch)
- Ketnet , the children channel
- Canvas , the quality TV channel
Ketnet and Canvas share a single tv channel, the former broadcasting from noon till the early afternoon, and the latter in the evening and night.
- Sporza, the sports channel
Sporza was active as a separate channel during the summer of 2004, but has been removed from the air starting September 2004. Normal sports-programmes on the other channels now also carry the name Sporza due to the huge popularity of the channel.
Analog and digital channels
- Radio 1, information channel
- Radio 2, popular channel
- Studio Brussel, young and alternative channel
- Donna, young and popular music channel
- Klara, classical music channel
- Sporza, sports radio channel (not broadcasted in FM, but in AM)
- RVi or Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal, the channel for foreing people in Belgium and for Belgian people in foreign countries (not broadcasted in FM, but in AM on various wavelengths)
Digital only channels
- Klara continuo, classical radio channel without talks
- Donna HitBits, young and popular music channel without talks
- Nieuws+, latest news programme continuously repeated
They also have a TMC service transmitted on Radio 2.
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