RTL Nederland

RTL Nederland is a subsidiary of the RTL Group. The media company is located in Hilversum. Although the licences of its TV-stations RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL 8, RTL Z, RTL Lounge, RTL Crime and RTL Telekids are issued by Luxembourg, the company targets the Dutch market. Its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Sven Sauvé[1], who used to be the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RTL Nederland.

HeadquartersHilversum, Netherlands
Key people
Sven Sauvé (CEO)
ProductsTelevision, VoD, Weather, News
BrandsRTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL 8, RTL Z, RTL Lounge, RTL Crime, RTL Telekids, RTL XL, Videoland
OwnerRTL Group
WebsiteRTL Nederland

Brief history

Until 2004 RTL Nederland was known as the Holland Media Group (HMG), a joint-venture founded in 1996 between RTL 4 SA (CLT-UFA) and Veronica Association. Veronica became a commercial broadcaster in 1995, when it left the public broadcasting system (owned by NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting) at the time) and joined RTL. RTL 4 SA then consisted of the two television channels RTL 4 and RTL 5. HMG partnered with Saban in the television channel TV10. Fox later bought HMG's share in TV10, but failed to obtain its goals and sold the operation to SBS Broadcasting, which, in turn, rebranded the channel as V8.

Veronica exited the HMG combination in 2001, and the channel was renamed Yorin by RTL. RTL Group SA owned 100% of the company. In August 2004, HMG renamed itself RTL Nederland. On 12 August 2005, the television channel Yorin was renamed RTL 7 as a 'new' Luxembourgish TV station. Radio station Yorin FM was sold to SBS Broadcasting in 2006, which renamed it Caz!.

In August 2007 Dutch media mogul John de Mol's company Talpa Media Holding obtained a 26.3% share in RTL Nederland in exchange for its television channel Tien and national radio station Radio 538. RTL Nederland launched RTL 8 on 18 August 2007. In 2011 Talpa worked with Finnish media conglomerate Sanoma to buy the Dutch activities of SBS Broadcasting from German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media. As part of that deal De Mol sold his shares in RTL Nederland to the RTL Group. He retained the ownership of Radio 538 and its sister stations Radio 10 Gold and SLAM!FM.



Streaming catchup and Video on Demand services


RTL XL is an online video on demand service accessible through the main RTL Nederland website and through the apps for Android, iOS and Smart TV. The service offers a variety of programmes recently shown on RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL 8, RTL Lounge, RTL Crime, RTL Telekids and RTL Z. It launched on 21 October 2010.[2] Since February 2016 RTL XL supports Google Chromecast.[3] There was a subscription premium service as well. With this service it was possible to watch programmes ahead. The premium service merged with Videoland on 29 August 2018.[4]


  1. "RTL | Sven Sauvé benoemd tot CEO van RTL Nederland". www.rtl.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  2. "RTL brengt on demand-aanbod samen op RTLXL.nl". MediaCourant.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  3. "RTL XL biedt ondersteuning voor Chromecast". Emerce.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  4. Tom Tates (9 August 2018). "RTL XL stopt met optie vooruit kijken tv-programma's zoals Goede Tijden". ad.nl (in Dutch).
  • Contant, Peter (2000) "De TV-Oorlog" Utrecht/Antwerpen, Kosmos-Z&K Uitgevers, ISBN 90-215-8579-0
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