VTM (TV channel)
|Launched||February 1, 1989|
|Owned by||MEDIALAAN (RTL Group)|
|Picture format||- 625 Lines PAL (analogue)
- 576i SDTV
- 1080i HDTV (digital)
|Audience share||24.60% (2008, )|
|Slogan||Je beleeft het hier
("You experience it here")
|TV Vlaanderen Digitaal (BE)||Channel 3|
|Astra 1L 19.2° east||12670V, 22.0, 5/6|
|Telenet Digital TV (Flanders)||Channel 1 (HD)|
|Telenet Digital TV (Brussels)||Channel 100 (HD)|
|Telenet||Check your local listings at zenders.be|
|Voo (Brussels) Digital||Channel 72|
|Belgacom TV (VDSL) (Flanders)||Channel 3
Channel 32 (HD)
|Belgacom TV (VDSL) (Brussels)||Channel 32 (HD)
|Belgacom TV (VDSL) (Wallonia)||Channel 32 (HD)
VTM or Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij (English: Flemish Television Company) is the main commercial television station in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking north of Belgium and forms part of a network of channels owned by MEDIALAAN (formerly VMMa).
It was launched on February 1, 1989 as the second private television channel in Belgium after RTL-TVI, and quickly became the most popular TV channel in the Flemish part of Belgium. Early programming consisted of local versions of game shows like 'Rad Van Fortuin' (Wheel of Fortune) or 'Waagstuk' (Jeopardy). The channel is also considered to have been instrumental in the rebirth of the local music industry as it was the first TV channel to promote local music through its primetime TV show 'Tien om te zien' (Ten to see), a weekly chart show with only local music productions.
The channel's focus on local music and local versions of international TV formats quickly allowed it to outperform public television in 1989 and the early 1990s. Average marketshare went up to over 40% in 1993. Currently VTM is still the Flemish commercial market leader and the 2nd biggest channel in Flanders. It can be received on cable, digital cable, IPTV in Flanders and Belgium and by satellite in Europe.
Parent company MEDIALAAN also operates sister channels, including VTMKzoom (children's), as well as 2BE and JIM, as well as Vitaya. Many programs originally aired on VTM may later rerun on these other channels. The broadcaster also owns two radio stations: Q-music and JOEfm. It also formerly owned the now defunct Radio BemBem. In 2005 there were talks about MEDIALAAN buying the Flemish part of Canal Plus from Telenet but this fell through. In 2006 rumours spread that the RTL Group would buy 50% of MEDIALAAN, but VTM as well as RTL denied those plans.
In 2004, VTM lost its market dominance back to the public broadcaster VRT's flagship channel één. After its big rebrand in 2008 and the latest smaller rebrand in 2012, VTM regained strength with popular shows.
Currently aired Flemish (co-)productions
- Vlaamse Hollywood Vrouwen
- The Voice van Vlaanderen
- De Grote Sprong/Splash
- Boer zkt Vrouw
- Comedy Toppers
- De Beste Hobbykok van Vlaanderen
- De Juiste Prijs
- De Vlaamse 10
- Goedele Nu
- VTM Nieuws
- Het Weer
- My Name Is...
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Telefacts 360
- Telefacts Crime
Currently aired imported productions
- All Saints
- Diff'rent Strokes
- Inspector Rex
- Magnum, P.I.
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Oliver's Twist
- Out of the Blue
- Packed to the Rafters
- Saving Grace
- The Voice
- Without a Trace
- Who's the Boss?
Formerly aired Flemish (co-)productions
- De Kotmadam
- Het mooiste meisje van de klas
- Ons geluk
- Team Spirit
- X Factor
- Zone Stad
Formerly aired imported productions
- Ally McBeal
- Bad Girls
- Cold Case
- Dawson's Creek
- Father of the Pride
- Judging Amy
- Married... with Children
- McLeod's Daughters
- Melrose Place
- Miss Match
- The X-Files
- Third Watch
- Will & Grace
- Yes, Dear
For several years, VTM broadcast a kids' strand called TamTam, competing with VRT's Ketnet. It featured programmes such as Teletubbies Everywhere and Miffy for little children and shows such as SimsalaGrimm, Tweety and Sylvester Mysteries, Schuif Af and Kids Top 20 for older kids. During VTM's latest rebrand on 29 February 2008, the channel decided to do away with the TamTam brand. The programming block is now broadcast under the VTM brand.
VTMKZOOM is the kids channel of VTM. It airs between 6am and 6pm. There is also a channel called VTMKZOOM+ which airs 24/24 and is a digital only channel. The brand has started on the first of October 2009.
VTM started a teletext service on 1 February 1996 which was stopped on 1 November 2014. The page 888 is still available for subtitles.