Our history

The VRT's heritage and history since it was founded in 1930.

Key moments

VRT

2016

  • VRT LiveIP performs the world’s first full IP remote broadcast production using open standards
  • Paul Lembrechts starts as CEO after the retirement of Leo Hellemans

2015

  • The 5th management contract with the Flemish Community is signed officially.

2014

  • The Flemish government proclaims Leo Hellemans as CEO due to illness of Sandra De Preter
  • King Filip of Belgium visits the VRT

2013

  • VRT decides to build a new building  at Reyerlaan in Schaerbeek
  • Exhibition in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Flemish television

2012

  • Start of a third Television channel "OP12": mostly occupied by the children channel Ketnet
  • Start of "Fans of Flanders" broadcast aimed for expats in Flanders and Brussels

2011

  • The fourth management contract with the Flemish Community is signed officially.

2010

  • Mrs. Sandra De Preter replaces Piet Van Roe as CEO.

2009

  • Mr. Piet Van Roe replaces Dirk Wauters as CEO.
  • MNM (hitradio) replaces Donna.

2008

  • The tv-channels Eén, Canvas and Ketnet launched 'plus streams' with extra digital content.

2007

  • Mr. Dirk Wauters replaces Piet Van Roe as CEO.
  • The VRT introduces a cross-medial organisation.

2006

  • Mr. Piet Van Roe replaces Tony Mary as CEO.
  • The third management contract with the Flemish Community is signed officially.

2005

  • TV1 is renamed één (one). And VRT celebrates 75 years of making radio.

2004

  • VRT launches a temporary sportschannel: Sporza.

2003

  • VRT starts its first news website: vrtnieuws.net.

2001

  • The second management contract with the Flemish Community is signed officially.

2000

  • Klara (classical music) replaces Radio 3.

1998

  • The BRTN is transformed into the VRT, a public sector plc.

 

 

BRTN

 

1997

  • BRTN starts with DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting).
  • The two tv-channels undergo a reprofiling of TV channels.TV2 is replaced by Ketnet & Canvas.
  • The BRTN closes a management contract with the Flemish Community.

1996

  • A new management for the BRTN in accordance with a new Flemish decree takes place.

1992

  • Another radiostation is born: Radio Donna.
  • Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal (RVi) replaces the World Service.

1991

  • BRT is renamed BRTN

 

BRT

 

1989

  • The BRT introduces RDS (Radio Data System).

1983

  • A new, more youthful BRT radio network is born : Studio Brussel.

1980

  • The BRT broadcasts for the first time teletext pages.

1977

  • A second TV channel (TV2) is born.

1971

  • The BRT introduces colour tv.

1967

  • The BRT/RTB starts moving to the new broadcasting centre at the Reyers Avenue in Brussels.

1961

  • The third radio programme (BRT 3) becomes a fully fledged network and broadcasts in FM.

1960

  • A new broadcasting law replaces NIR/INR with BRT/RTB.

 

NIR

1953

  • The NIR broadcasts its first television programme.

1947

  • The NIR launches its regional broadcasters.

1945

  • The World Service is born. This was previously the Congolese department of the NIR.

1938

  • The NIR moves to the new broadcasting centre on Flagey Square in Brussels.

1931

  • The NIR first broadcasts its programmes in Dutch (INR broadcasts in French).

1930

  • The National Institute for Radio Broadcasting (NIR/INR) is granted a national monopoly.

 

 

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