The Het Journaal logo
|Country of origin||Belgium|
|Running time||5 - 40 minutes|
|Original network||VRT (één, Canvas)|
|Original release||31 October 1953 - present|
The first edition of Het Journaal was broadcast on 31 October 1953, the day that Flemish television began. Initially, Het Journaal was a small operation, with few staff; nowadays, there are dozens of journalists, and many other employees, such as directors, producers and technicians.
Het Journaal is typically broadcast four times a day on één: 1pm, 6pm, 7pm, and the late news, which usually airs at around 10:45pm. At weekends, an extra bulletin is broadcast at 8pm on Canvas: this airs in place of current affairs programme Terzake (roughly translated, 'In this respect'). The 7pm edition is the main edition, and the most-watched, usually running for 40 minutes.
Current news presenters are:
- Martine Tanghe (since 1978)
- Wim De Vilder (since 1999)
- Annelies Van Herck (since 2004)
- Goedele Wachters (since 2007)
- Hanne Decoutere (since 2012)
- Xavier Taveirne (since 2018)
Notable or longtime previous news presenters include Jan Becaus (1985–2013), Bavo Claes (1975–2005), Geert van Istendael (1978–1993), Dirk Sterckx (1986–1998), Ivo Belet (1989–2003) and André Vermeulen (1985–1996).
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