Belgium Public and Privates Team up in Radioplayer Project
Three major media groups to join Radioplayer Worldwide
Sven Gatz is Belgium’s Flemish media minister. Photo courtesy of VRT.
Flemish Media Minister Sven Gatz announced that the
Flemish language public broadcaster VRT (Radio 1, Radio 2, MNM, Studio Brussel
and Klara) and media groups Mediahuis (Nostalgie) and Medialaan (Qmusic, Joe)
intend to join forces to offer their radio stations on the web player Radioplayer
The three partners intend to apply for a license with
the universal radio player after final approval from VRT’s board of directors.
According to Gatz, the stations expect to implement the web player as soon as possible
but it “may take some time.”
Radioplayer Worldwide was founded by the BBC and major
commercial radio stations in the United Kingdom. Today the not-for-profit
organization is operational in 10 countries.
In Belgium, French-language public
broadcaster RTBF and several commercial stations, including Bel RTL, Chérie
Belgique, DH radio, Fun Radio, Impact FM, CFM Radio, MAX FM, Mint, Nostalgie,
NRJ Belgique, Passion FM, Radio Prima and Radio Contact began using Radioplayer
jointly in April 2014.
“I’m quite happy with this collaboration,” said Gatz.
“It is in line with the government’s plans and the efforts to strengthen the
Flemish media ecosystem. And just like DAB+, Radioplayer be part of the new
digital radio listening landscape.”
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