The Netherlands: The Television Crisis


While the U.S. wrestles with Viet Nam, the Kremlin with the troublesome issue of Communist unity around the world, and Malaysia with Indonesian aggression, the Dutch these days are somewhat embarrassed to find themselves in the midst of a government crisis over commercial television.

In The Netherlands, no issue is trivial if a principle is involved, and as Amsterdam's Algemeen Handelsblad observed in its best burgher manner, the broadcasting controversy "concerns fundamental rights and principles, and one cannot compromise in those matters."

The fundamental rights have to do with the intricate formula that for 40 years has allocated programming of...

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