The local radio and TV broadcaster for the Hilversum area, Omroep Hilversum, has laid off six of its nine staff, and will cease its radio service, A-FM, at the end of the month. Just three staff members will remain after 1 February - a director/programme maker, a secretary and an editor-in-chief for what is left of the programming - just one hour a week at weekends. During the week, the station will broadcast a text-TV service of news, weather and local information.
The drastic cuts are the result of serious financial problems. A few weeks ago, a report was published which recommended that the station should close completely. But Ruud Bochardt, Director of the Station, says that he is talking to a number of possible partners, so there’s still a chance that the station could be revived.
(Source: De Gooi- en Eemlander)