Het Nieuwsblad

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This article is about a Belgian newspaper. For the cycling race that it sponsors, see Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Het Nieuwsblad
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Corelio
Editor Guy Fransen
Founded 3 November 1929
Language Dutch
Headquarters Gossetlaan 30
Groot-Bijgaarden B-1702
Official website www.nieuwsblad.be

Het Nieuwsblad (English: The News Paper) is a Belgian newspaper that mainly focusses on "a broad view" regarding politics, culture, economics, lifestyle, society and sports.


The papers circulation in 2002 was 241,120 copies.[1] In 2006, Het Nieuwsblad had an average weekday circulation of 210,000 issues, according to the Centrum voor Informatie over de Media.

As of 2009, Het Nieuwsblad had an average market share of 27.04% in Flanders.[2]

As of 2011, the circulation was up to 300,000 issues.[3]


In 1929, Het Nieuwsblad was published by De Standaard for the very first time. In 1939, the sports paper Sportwereld (established in 1912) was purchased by De Standaard and turned into a daily attachment to their two main newspapers, "De Standaard" and "Het Nieuwsblad".

In 1957, three other newspapers were purchased by De Standaard and initially kept in circulation. In 1966, the further publication of two of them, Het Nieuws van de Dag and Het Vrije Volksblad, was stopped. The same happened with the third paper, Het Handelsblad, in 1979.

In 1959, two more newspapers were purchased, of which De Landwacht disappeared in 1978. The other paper, De Gentenaar, was turned into a "cover-paper" for Het Nieuwsblad. De Gentenaar still exists today, and contains many of the articles and columns published in Het Nieuwsblad.

In 1962, a special attachment for children was made, the Patskrant. In 1977, the name was changed into the Stripkrant. In 2000, the daily Stripkrant was replaced by the Jommekeskrant (on Wednesday) and by Yo (on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

In 1976, De Standaard went bankrupt before their newspapers were purchased by the Vlaamse Uitgeversmaatschappij.

In 1996, Het Nieuwsblad started a new "cover-paper" in Antwerp, named Het Stad. This paper was never successful and disappeared after just two years.

In 2000, Het Nieuwsblad and Het Volk merged. Together, they started in 2003 with the publication of the lifestyle-magazine Catchy.

In 2003, Het Nieuwsblad began publishing on Sundays after nearly 75 years of publication. In the same year, the newspaper also created the cycling award Flandrien of the Year.

In 2008, Het Nieuwsblad and De Standaard were the only Flemish papers to report on the rapid rise to fame of unorthodox airline safety video presenter Deltalina.[4]

As of February 2010, the Het Nieuwsblad website, nieuwsblad.be had an average daily unique visitor count of 332,000, making it the most popular newspaper website in Flanders.[3]


  1. ^ David Ward (2004). "A Mapping Study of Media Concentration and Ownership in Ten European Countries". Dutch Media Authority. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Valcke, Peggy; Lievens, Eva (2011). Media Law in Belgium. Kluwer Law International. pp. 25–26. ISBN 9789041133298. 
  3. ^ a b Singer, Jane B.; Domingo, David; Heinonen, Ari; Alfred Hermida, Steve Paulussen, Thorsten Quandt, Zvi Reich, Marina Vujnovic (21 March 2011). Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers. John Wiley & Sons. p. 196. ISBN 9781444340723. 
  4. ^ "Stewardess schittert in instructiefilmpje" ("Flight attendant shines in instructional video"),  De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad, 24 March 2008

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