Matthijs van Nieuwkerk

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Matthijs van Nieuwkerk
Born (1960-09-08) September 8, 1960 (age 54)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Spouse(s) Karin
Children Kees and Jet

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk (born September 8, 1960) is a Dutch journalist and television presenter.


Matthijs van Nieuwkerk was born in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

In 1980 he started his study Dutch language at the University of Amsterdam, which he never finished.

With his childhood friend Mark van den Heuvel, van Nieuwkerk started his career in journalism interviewing sportsmen and women for the Dutch newspaper Het Parool. Interviewees included chess grandmasters Kasparov and Karpov and footballer Johnny Rep. Soon after he also started interviewing writers, and he was responsible for renewing the literary section of the newspaper. In 1988 he became an editor for the arts section. In 1996 he was promoted to editor-in-chief of Het Parool.

In 2001 he became the editor-in-chief of AT5, the local television channel of the Amsterdam region. But in 2002 he made the move to national television when he became the net coordinator of the Dutch public channel Nederland 3. Out of frustration with the inner workings of the Dutch public broadcasting system, which stood in the way of the changes he envisioned, van Nieuwkerk quit his job. After six months he started working in front of the cameras. Ahead of the 2003 elections, he presented the political programme Nederland Kiest with Felix Rottenberg. The duo started presenting NOVA, a Dutch programme about politics, but they both quit after a conflict with the editorial staff. In 2005, van Nieuwkerk started daily talk show De Wereld Draait Door (literal meaning "The world keeps on turning." "Draait door" is also figurative speech for "goes crazy"), a popular show that airs every day in the week, except for weekends. The programme received the 2007 Gouden Televizierring, the Dutch equivalent of the Emmy Awards, for best programme. Another successful programme is Holland Sport, a Monday night programme where he and co-presenter Wilfried de Jong discuss all kind of sports. Leo Blokhuis, a music expert, and Van Nieuwkerk created and present the annual Popquiz and Top 2000 a Go-Go. Van Nieuwkerk was nominated for the Zilveren Televizier-ster for best show host in 2006 and 2007,[1] but didn't win on either occasion.



A few of the programmes van Nieuwkerk presents or presented:

  • Prima Vista, VPRO, 1991
  • De Gids, a late night show by VARA
  • TV3, a cultural debate programme of the NPS he presented with Hadassah de Boer
  • Popquiz à Go-Go, a music programme by the NPS.
  • Top 2000 à Go-Go, specially made for the Radio 2 Top 2000, since 2002
  • Top 2000 in Concert, also made for Radio 2, since 2003
  • Nederland Kiest en NOVA with Felix Rottenberg
  • FC Godenzonen, an AT5 programme in 2003
  • Holland Sport, with Wilfried de Jong, since 2003
  • De Wereld Draait Door, since 2005
  • Wat heet!, since the 14th of May 2007
  • De Zomer draait door, since the 2nd of Juni 2007

Other media[edit]

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk founded the football magazine 'Hard Gras' with Henk Spaan and wrote a couple of books for it. He likes football and he plays in a team of 'Buitenveldert' along with Frits Barend. Van Nieuwkerk also played judo, volleyball, baseball and cricket.

Youth magazine J/M had Van Nieuwkerk as a writer of columns and he helped with a book about fathers. In the Baantjer episode 'De moord op de man die weg wilde' he played a journalist.


Van Nieuwkerk is married to Karin and he has a son, Kees (named after Kees de jongen, a popular Dutch book) and a daughter, Jet. He lives with them in Amsterdam.


  1. ^ "Oude bekenden genomineerd voor Televizier-Ring". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 2 October 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2010.