Katholieke Radio Omroep
|Slogan||Ter inspiratie (For inspiration)|
|Dissolved||Merged on 1 January 2014 with NCRV, to form KRO-NCRV.|
KRO, or Katholieke Radio Omroep (Catholic Radio Broadcasting), is a Dutch public broadcasting organization founded on 23 April 1925. Broadly Catholic in its spiritual outlook, KRO broadcasts the bulk of its television output on the NPO 1 channel. KRO is also responsible for managing broadcasts made by the Catholic Church in the Netherlands in the airtime allocated to RKK. KRO publishes the magazines Studio KRO Magazine and Mikro gids.
Orkest Zonder Naam
Orkest Zonder Naam (English: "Nameless Orchestra") was the KRO's official orchestra during the pillarization of Dutch society. Their 1952 song Naar de speeltuin is a Dutch evergreen, which sold 25,000 copies.
A popular show which KRO began in 2005 is Boer zoekt vrouw (Farmer wants a wife), presented by Yvon Jaspers. Many Dutch farmers remain single because they find it hard to find a woman who is willing to put up with the long hours, hard work, and lack of holidays which farming life requires. This show, which aims to remedy that situation, was KRO's highest-rated television programme in 2008, achieving an average weekly viewership of 4.5 million.
Another KRO speciality is the broadcasting of detective series in the strand KRO Detectives, which mainly focuses on British and Scandinavian productions.
KRO also has its own children's strands, KRO Kindertijd ("KRO children's time") and Tien Plus ("Ten plus"), which it transmits during its scheduled slots on Nederland 1. KRO Kindertijd also has some programmes available live across the Netherlands via Omroep NL's digital service, Zappelin / Zapp 24. Some of this output can also be viewed outside the Netherlands via Kindertijd's "Video Juke Box" service.