As a public broadcasting company the VRT cooperates with other public broadcasters.
On the one hand the VRT is a member of the EBU (the union of European public radio and television broadcasters) and of CIRCOM (European Associaton of Regional Television) and on the other hand there is BVN (cooperation with the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, the public broadcasting company in the Netherlands, and the Nederlandse Wereldomroep, the Dutch world broadcaster) in the field of satellite television.
The VRT is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the federation of European public radio and television broadcasting companies. The EBU was founded in 1950 with the purpose of enhance the programming and technical cooperation between the young European broadcasters and has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The EBU has currently 75 active members in 56 countries and these are its main activities:
- negotiating international sports rights
- exchange of audiovisual material, e.g. through Eurovision and Euroradio
- stimulating and coordinating European co-productions
- operational, commercial, technical, legal and strategic support
The VRT is a member of Circom, the European association of regional broadcasters. CIRCOM promotes and supports cooperation among its members, provides contributions to co-productions and programme exchanges and sets up training sessions for journalists and technicians from across Europe.
CIRCOM currently unites 376 regional public television channels in 38 countries. Its main focus is on sharing knowledge and exchanging “best practices”.
The Beste van Vlaanderen en Nederland (BVN), the best of Flanders and the Netherlands, is the public satellite channel for speakers of Dutch living abroad. All BVN programmes are in Dutch. The VRT delivers approximately one third of the programmes. The Dutch world service offers specific programmes for speakers of Dutch living abroad. All other programmes come from the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, the public broadcasting company in the Netherlands.
The VRT provided programmes of all genres: news and current affairs, informative magazines, fiction/soap, youth programmes, quiz shows, entertainment, documentaries/reality, extras and live broadcasts.
The agreement between the Flemish Community and BVN runs from 1 January 2009 until 31 December 2012.