5. How can I keep abreast of current events in Belgium?

The media in Belgium are also subdivided into three language groups. The Dutch-language media carry news broadcasts in Dutch on radio and TV, in newspapers and magazines. The French-language media do the same in French. Even the German-speaking Community has its own media. There are practically no bilingual media. A number of English-language initiatives exist for expats and foreigners.

Some English-language media which provide a look at Flanders:

  • www.flandersnews.be
  • The Bulletin (monthly): published now for nearly 50 years, The Bulletin was the first-ever English-language magazine for expats living in Belgium. It covers local politics, business, lifestyle and European issues. See www.thebulletin.be
  • Brussels Unlimited: the Bulletin’s agenda (weekly) includes news, shopping tips, neighbourhood focus, film reviews, food guide and a full agenda of events. www.xpats.com
  • Flanders Today (weekly): free newspaper covering news, economy, science, sports, arts and culture in Brussels and all of Flanders. Interviews with Flemish politicians, business leaders and celebrities, plus regular columns on politics, food and the Dutch language. www.flanderstoday.eu

Most important Dutch-language media

Television and radio:

  • VRT: Eén and Canvas, Radio 1.
    The two channels of the public broadcaster VRT (Flemish Radio and Television) with news programmes Het Journaal and Terzake and an online news platform www.deredactie.be. Radio 1 is the radio station that provides news and comments about current events.
  • VTM: Het Nieuws
    The largest commercial broadcaster in Flanders. News broadcasts in Het Nieuws. www.vtm.be
  • Kanaal Z: www.kanaalz.be
    Economic and financial news
  • Regional TV stations:
    In Brussels there is Tvbrussel (www.tvbrussel.be), in the Vlaamse Rand Ring-tv (www.ringtv.be), in Tervuren ROB TV (www.robnet.be). Some programmes by these broadcasters are subtitled for foreign speakers.

Daily newspapers and their websites:

Source: Living in Translation is written by VRT journalist Michaël Van Droogenbroeck. The brochure is an initiative of the not-for-profit organisation De Rand. See also www.livingintranslation.be.