How Dutch TV covers the king and queen

Dutch and American media awaits the arrival of the king and queen of the Netherlands at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township. (June 2, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The chatter of reporters, photographers and other media makes up the natural background noise at big events, but those sounds were punctuated Tuesday by a different language.

Along with dozens of crews from Michigan, Dutch journalists were following King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands as they visited Grand Rapids.

“The United States is really important country for Netherlands,” NOS Television correspondent Etienne Glebbeek said.

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(The king and queen talk to 24 Hour News 8 as they prepare to leave Grand Rapids.)

>>Photos: Dutch king and queen visit Grand Rapids

NOS is the Netherlands equivalent to the United States’ public television. Glebbeek covers the royal beat.

In the Netherlands, the reporting is more substance than style.

“I’m not interested particularly interested in all the tiny bits and pieces about what he likes to eat, if he likes to sleep in or not. We don’t care so much about that,” Glebbeek said.

There’s a rule most Dutch journalists follow: The royal couple and their daughters are off-limits unless on official business. There is no paparazzi and no fluff. According to Glebbeek, the audience expects a more serious, thoughtful approach.

“They totally expect from me that we give non-biased information. Objective, not too much dirty talk,” Glebbeek said.

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