Dit was het nieuws
|Dit was het nieuws|
|Genre||Current affairs, satire|
|Based on||Have I Got News for You|
|Presented by||Harm Edens|
|Starring||Raoul Heertje (1996-2014)
Thomas Acda (1996-2000; 2011-2014)
Peter Heerschop (2000)
Marc-Marie Huijbregts (2000)
Jan Jaap van der Wal (2001-2010)
Martijn Koning (2015-present)
Daniël Arends (2015-present)
|Country of origin||Netherlands|
|No. of seasons||34|
|No. of episodes||210|
|Production company(s)||Hat Trick Productions|
|Original network||TROS Nederland 2 (1996-2006)
TROS Nederland 1 (2006-2009)
|Original release||June 28, 1996|
Dit was het nieuws (Dutch for "This was the news") is a Dutch television program of RTL4, wherein two teams give a satirical account of the previous week's news. The program has the form of a game show in which two teams, each with a team leader and weekly guest, compete against each other. The scoring is not serious; after the first round, for instance, the score is always 4-4.
Dit was het nieuws is based on the BBC television program Have I Got News for You. On 28 June 1996, the first episode of Dit was het nieuws was aired by broadcasting station TROS on the Nederland 2 channel. The team leaders were Thomas Acda and Raoul Heertje, and the show was hosted by Harm Edens.
Initially, the program garnered the same bleak impression that many failed attempts of satirical television in the Netherlands had given in the past. However, thanks to the members' council of TROS, the program had the chance to become a successful variation of the British show.
The core of the show's cast remained the same until the sixth season (2000), when Thomas Acda left the show in order to pursue a singing career with Paul de Munnik (Acda en De Munnik). The seventh season was a special season about the European Football Championship, and Peter Heerschop, a Dutch actor, replaced Acda as one of the permanent team leaders. For the next season, comedian Marc-Marie Huijbregts replaced Peter Heerschop as team leader. Huijbregts' successor was young comedian Jan Jaap van der Wal, who served as team captain for a decade.
Even though the show had been increasing in ratings and was becoming more popular, TROS decided to discontinue the program in 2009. While other public networks had expressed interest in the program, the network manager of Nederland 1, Marcel Peek, believed that the program should end. He thought that the guests were not always good enough and that too few episodes were made per year. On 19 December, after thirteen years and over 150 episodes, the last episode aired. In December 2009, RTL Boulevard announced that commercial broadcaster RTL was interested in the program, and there were talks about the continuation of the show by RTL. On 5 June 2010 eventually, RTL broadcast a single test episode that was dedicated to the Dutch general election. As a result of its success, RTL started broadcasting new episodes as of 20 May 2011. Since Van der Wal was busy working on other shows, Thomas Acda resumed his role as a team captain. In 2014, Raoul Heertje and Thomas Acda decided to leave Dit was het nieuws. They were replaced by comedians Martijn Koning and Daniël Arends.