Front page of 11 February 2014
|Type||Daily newspaper (no Sunday edition)|
|Format||41.5 cm x 28 cm|
|Founded||1970 by merger|
NRC Handelsblad (Dutch pronunciation: [?n?rse: 'nd?lzbl?t]), often abbreviated to NRC, is a daily evening newspaper published in the Netherlands by NRC Media. It is generally accepted as the country's newspaper of record.
NRC Handelsblad was first published on 1 October 1970 after a merger of the Amsterdam newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad (founded 1828 by J.W. van den Biesen) and the Rotterdam Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (founded 1844 by Henricus Nijgh). The paper's motto is Lux et Libertas - Light (referring to the Age of Enlightenment) and Freedom.
In February 2006, NRC Handelsblad started a morning newspaper, nrconext, to attract educated readers who do not read a newspaper every day. Editor Folkert Jensma was succeeded on 12 December 2006, by Birgit Donker. After a dispute with the new owners Donker had to step down on 26 April 2010 and was replaced by Belgian Peter Vandermeersch.
In 2015 the NRC Media group was acquired by the Belgian company Mediahuis.
While they consider themselves one of the Dutch national "quality" newspapers next to de Volkskrant and Trouw, NRC Handelsblad sees itself as the most internationally oriented of those three, and has been labeled left liberal.
Journalists who work or have worked for NRC Handelsblad include: Henk Hofland, Hans van Mierlo, Marc Chavannes, Geert Mak, Karel van Wolferen, Jérôme Louis Heldring, Joris Luyendijk, Marjon van Royen, Derk Jan Eppink, Adriaan van Dis, Ben Knapen, Paul Marijnis.
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