“After the publication of the De Volkskrant article and the dynamics it generates, we have to conclude that today is not the right day to record a festive competition. It is for this reason that we have decided not to allow registrations for the Top 2000 competition to continue. This decision was taken in consultation with the Matthijs and the NPO,” said a spokesperson. On behalf of the Dutch public broadcaster NTR.
An NTR spokeswoman says the consequences for the remaining Top 2000 programs are not yet certain. “The article was published last night, any consequences will have to be clarified in the near future.” The Top 2000 programs will air in December.
NTR reported on Friday that “Top 2000 a gogo” with Van Nieuwkerk will continue. The team of this program “does not recognize itself” in the behavior of the presenter, as described in the article by “De Volkskrant”. “Our production team have enjoyed working with Mattijs in recent years and are on good terms,” the spokeswoman said.
De Volkskrant spoke to more than fifty former employees of the talk show about the “cross-border behavior” of 62-year-old Van Nieuwkerk, who has been one of the highest-paid presenters on Dutch public television channel NPO for a long time. time. According to the staff, these were “outbursts of anger and public humiliation”. Dozens of employees fell ill due to working conditions.
a look. De Volkskrant journalist on Matthijs van Nieuwkerk: “With his outbursts of rage he razed people to the ground”