NRC Handelsblad

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NRC Handelsblad
NRC Handelsblad Tuesday 2014-02-11 new layout.png
Front page of 11 February 2014
TypeDaily newspaper (no Sunday edition)
Format41.5 cm x 28 cm
Owner(s) Mediahuis
Editor-in-chief René Moerland [1]
Founded1970 by merger
Political alignment Liberalism [2]
Language Dutch
HeadquartersRokin 65
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Circulation 202.097 (2017) [3]
ISSN 0002-5259
Website (in Dutch)

NRC Handelsblad (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛnɛrseː ˈɦɑndəlzblɑt] ), often abbreviated to NRC, is a daily evening newspaper published in the Netherlands by NRC Media. It is generally accepted as the country's newspaper of record.

Newspaper Scheduled publication containing news of events, articles, features, editorials, and advertising

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Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands, sometimes incorrectly called Holland, is a country located in Northwestern Europe with some overseas territories in the Caribbean. In Europe, it consists of 12 provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with those countries and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba—it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian. In the northern parts of the country, Low German is also spoken.

Newspaper of record major newspapers that are considered authoritative

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NRC Handelsblad was first published on 1 October 1970 after a merger of the Amsterdam newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad (founded 1828 by J.W. van den Biesen) and the Rotterdam Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (founded 1844 by Henricus Nijgh). [4] The paper's motto is Lux et Libertas – Light (referring to the Age of Enlightenment) and Freedom.

Amsterdam Capital city of the Netherlands

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, with a population of 866,737 within the city proper, 1,380,872 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. Amsterdam is in the province of North Holland. Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North" due to its large number of canals which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

<i>Algemeen Handelsblad</i> Dutch newspaper

Algemeen Handelsblad was an influential Amsterdam-based liberal daily newspaper published between 1828 and 1970.

Rotterdam Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second-largest city after Amsterdam and municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.

In February 2006, NRC Handelsblad started a morning newspaper, nrc•next , to attract educated readers who do not read a newspaper every day. Editor Folkert Jensma was succeeded on 12 December 2006, by Birgit Donker. [5] After a dispute with the new owners Donker had to step down on 26 April 2010 [6] and was replaced by Belgian Peter Vandermeersch. [7]

On 7 March 2011 the paper changed its format from broadsheet to tabloid. The circulation of NRC Handelsblad in 2014 was 188,500 copies, putting it in 4th place among the national dailies. [8]

A broadsheet is the largest newspaper format and is characterized by long vertical pages. Other common newspaper formats include the smaller Berliner and tabloid/compact formats.

Tabloid (newspaper format) Type of newspaper format

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In 2015 the NRC Media group was acquired by the Belgian company Mediahuis.

Mediahuis is a newspaper & magazine publishing, distribution, printing, TV, radio and online media company with assets in Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland. Mediahuis publishes daily newspaper titles in Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland as well as regional titles, and is involved in broadcasting a number of Dutch and French language TV and radio stations.


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Journalists who work or have worked for NRC Handelsblad include: Henk Hofland, Hans van Mierlo, Marc Chavannes, Geert Mak, Karel van Wolferen, Jérôme Louis Heldring, Joris Luyendijk, Marjon van Royen, Derk Jan Eppink, Adriaan van Dis, Ben Knapen, Paul Marijnis.

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  2. Vrouw als hoofdredacteur
  3. "Jaarcijfers NRC". Marketing Report. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. Cordula Rooijendijk (2005). That City is Mine!: Urban Ideal Images in Public Debates and City Plans, Amsterdam & Rotterdam 1945-1995. Amsterdam University Press. p. 23. ISBN   978-90-5629-382-6 . Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  5. NRC Handelsblad 12 December 2006 page 21 Tegenwicht aan Trivialisering: Birgit Donker benoemd tot hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad
    "Birgit Donker is de nieuwe hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad, en De raad van bestuur van PCM heeft haar vandaag benoemd.
    Rotterdam, 12 December Birgit Donker (41) is de opvolger van Folkert Jensma als hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad."
  6. Donker na conflict weg als hoofdredacteur NRC de Volkskrant. Archived April 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Peter Vandermeersch hoofdredacteur NRC Trouw. (Rotterdam). 29 June 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  8. "Circulation figures". HOI, Institute for Media Auditing. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.