BNNVARA is a broadcasting association within the Dutch public broadcasting system.

Public company
IndustryBroadcast media
PredecessorsBNN, VARA
FoundedJanuary 1, 2014 (2014-01-01)
FounderBNN, VARA 
Area served


BNNVARA was founded on 1 January 2014 through a merger of BNN (founded 1997) and VARA (founded 1925) associations, which continued to exist, but without broadcasting directly, until 2018. In 2011 VARA and BNN announced that they would merge. On 6 November 2011 the members of VARA voted for the merger, after the member council of BNN had already done so a week earlier. BNN and VARA announced on 8 February 2012[1] that the decision to merge was definite.

After the merge BNN and VARA kept using their separate branding, but on 24 August 2017 it was announced that as a new broadcaster, BNNVARA will start to show programs though VARA and for radio later the following morning on 28 August.[2]

Controversy arose when the documentary Jesse, about leader of the GroenLinks party Jesse Klaver, was aired by BNN-VARA. The documentary was seen as too biased towards Klaver, fuelling accusations that BNN-VARA lacked journalistic integrity.[3]

On 1 September 2018, existing members of BNN and VARA were converted into members of BNNVARA[4], thus ending the separate member associations that still existed.


  1. "Die fusie, hoe zit dat?". BNN. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. Tates, Tom (24 June 2017). "Gefuseerde omroepen BNN en VARA door als één merk BNNVARA". AD (in Dutch). de Persgroep Nederland B.V. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. Weijers, Marco (27 August 2017). "Directeur Bnn-Vara: niet gezwicht voor kritiek". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). TMG Landelijke Media BV. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. "BNN en Vara verleden tijd | Binnenland |". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-09-11.
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