Six VRT faces have an exclusivity contract of more than 300,000 euros per year

According to the new management agreement that the Flemish government concluded with the VRT, the public broadcaster must from now on be transparent about the fees for screen faces and radio voices that have an exclusivity agreement. However, the Flemish government does not expect the VRT to throw out the contract details of the well-known Flemish individually. And so there is no confirmation in the new annual report that presenter Niels Destadsbader and other popular screen faces earn “half a million euros a year and more”, such as Hey everyone previously wrote based on anonymous sources.

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In the annual report, the public broadcaster limits itself to raw figures without names. It states that the VRT has an exclusivity agreement with nineteen external screen faces/radio voices. Two of those agreements are worth less than €100,000 per year, eleven have a value between €101,000 and €300,000 and six are worth more than €300,000. The VRT does not want to disclose exact, individual amounts.

The amounts include the agreed exclusivity fee and a guaranteed sum of assignments per year. In a response, the VRT says that it is common practice in the TV sector to bind key figures to a channel and calls the rates in line with the market. In addition, VRT is investing heavily in the training of new and diverse screen faces and radio voices, many of whom are moving on to the entire media ecosystem.

Wasting money with taxpayers’ money

The VRT is also much more detailed in its annual report about the remuneration of its managing director. Frederik Delaplace earned 259,189.28 euros gross last year. For him, he is not allowed to earn more than the Flemish Prime Minister. The VRT paid just over a million euros to the rest of the executive committee – six people at the end of last year.

Opposition party Vlaams Belang believes that the amounts that the VRT spends on exclusivity contracts, testify to “wasting money with taxpayers’ money”. The party also believes that the public broadcaster still refuses transparency, because it does not give precise amounts. The party believes that the public broadcaster should limit itself to the core tasks of news, interpretation, culture and sport. “Buying away television stars from the commercial players is not one of them,” says MP Klaas Slootmans.

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