Interkerkelijke Omroep Nederland

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Type Public broadcaster
Country Netherlands
Availability Netherlands
Founded 1 January 1976
Dissolved 1 January 2016
Official website

The Interkerkelijke Omroep Nederland (IKON) was a Dutch public broadcaster which made radio and television broadcasts on behalf of seven church communities. IKON also offered other services such as Teletekst, the IKON newspaper, the IKON pastorate and Internet. In IKON's airtime, the Wilde Ganzen collected money for projects in the Third World. On 1 January 2016, IKON was closed down and its programming is now produced by EO.[1]


After the war the IKOR, (Interkerkelijk Overleg inzake Radioaangelegenheden) was founded. On 1 January 1976 IKOR and the Convent van Kerken founded the foundation IKON.

IKON journalists were often active in dangerous warzones. On 17 March 1982 four IKON journalists were murdered in El Salvador: Koos Koster (correspondent), Jan Kuiper (editor), Joop Willemse (cameraman) en Hans ter Laag (soundman).

In the 1970s and '80s IKON was known as a left-wing broadcaster, focussing on subjects such as racism, oppression, emancipation, development aid and peace.

Since the end of the cold war the appeal of leftist ideals declined as did the attendance of churches. IKON had to adapt to these changes.

Airtime for churches[edit]

Article 2.42 of the Dutch media law (the Mediawet) makes room for faith-based radio and television broadcasters who do not have to have any members, unlike regular public broadcasters (several of which are also faith-based).

IKON makes programming for various church communities namely:

Two other organisations who filled airtime for different church societies were RKK (now part of KRO-NCRV) and Zendtijd voor Kerken (ZvK). IKON took care of part of the technical facilities of ZvK until the closure of both broadcasters.


  1. ^ "Ikon – Evangelische Omroep". Representatie (in Dutch). 

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