|Founded||May 29, 1926|
|Former names||Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep|
The VPRO (originally an acronym for Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, or "Liberal Protestant Radio Broadcasting Corporation") was established in the Netherlands in 1926 as a religious broadcasting organization. Falling under the Protestant pillar, it represented the Liberal Protestant current. However, in the 1950s and 1960s it became more (social) liberal than protestant, and while the acronym VPRO was kept, its meaning was dropped. It was the first to show a nude woman on Dutch television, Phil Bloom in 1967, in the Wim T. Schippers show Hoepla. The VPRO is known for producing and broadcasting quality (and sometimes avant-garde) programmes, documentaries and films, the target audience of the VPRO could be considered as mostly highly educated and creative people (e.g. artists, designers, scientists).
Like all Dutch public broadcasters, the VPRO does not have its own dedicated channel.
The VPRO started, in late 1996, developing MMBase - a Java based open source web content management system. The first version of the system was in use in 1997. It was released as open source on April 3, 2000.
Some shows of the VPRO
- Radio Bergeijk
- Backlight (Tegenlicht)
- Metropolis TV - the program sees correspondents from around the world reporting on life and culture in different cultures. In 2010 the program was honoured with a Tegel Award (De Tegel)
- Van Kooten en de Bie
- Theo en Thea
- VPRO's Spek & Bonen Show
- Absolutely Fabulous
- Nederland van boven (series about the social life the Netherlands based on Britain From Above and Deutschland von oben).
- Holland Sport
- Alternative rock band Nirvana played a famous VPRO session in 1991 that was released on various bootlegs.
- Haakman, David (24 January 2013). "Terugkijken: de penisuitzending van Metropolis - over boegroe en Pricasso" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 19 June 2013.