- VARA (broadcaster)
network_name = Omroepvereniging VARA
country = NLD
network_type = public broadcaster
available = NLD and parts of BEL
owner = membership association
past_names = Vereeniging van Arbeiders Radio Amateurs
website = [http://omroep.vara.nl/ omroep.vara.nl] The Omroepvereniging VARA (VARA Broadcasting Association) is a
public broadcastingorganization in the Netherlands, founded in 1925as the "Vereeniging van Arbeiders Radio Amateurs"Note that the word "vereeniging" is old-fashioned Dutch spelling; today, it is written as "vereniging".] (Association of Worker Radio Amateurs). The name was changed to "Omroepvereniging VARA" in 1957and is no longer an acronym.
VARA's original focus was on labour and socialism, and in the era of Dutch
pillarizationthe association had close links to the Social Democratic Workers Party and its follow-up organization, the Labour Party. For many years VARA's chairmen were prominent members of the party, such as Marcel van Damand Andre Kloos. In more recent times the connection between the two organizations has loosened although there remain many affinities, including a largely shared support base.
Former and present VARA television programmes include:
Kinderen geen Bezwaar"
Kinderen voor Kinderen"
* talk shows hosted by
* shows presented by
Paul de Leeuw
* "Alfred J. Kwak" (cartoon series)
* [http://omroep.vara.nl/ VARA website]
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