Omroep Zwart

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Omroep Zwart
Launched27 May 2022 (2022-05-27)
  • Akwasi Ansah
  • Gianni Grot

Omroep Zwart (Dutch: [ˈɔmrup sʋɑrt], lit.'Broadcaster Black'), also known simply as Zwart (stylised in all caps), is a Dutch broadcasting association that is part of the Dutch public broadcasting system since 1 January 2022. The initiators are rapper Akwasi Ansah and film director Gianni Lieuw-A-Soe.[1] The goal of the broadcaster is to create inclusive programs with new people, including those with different skin colors, preferences, origins, sexual orientations, backgrounds, or disabilities.[2] The broadcaster collaborates with BNNVARA.[3]

Provisional recognition as an aspiring broadcaster[edit]

On 31 March 2021, it was announced that Zwart had reached the 50,000 members required to be eligible for admission to the NPO.[4] In July 2021, this broadcaster received provisional recognition from minister Arie Slob.[5] It was announced that Zwart will be able to broadcast on Dutch public television from 2022 and that it was provisionally recognized as an aspiring broadcaster. This recognition is valid until 2026. In November 2021, Zwart made an online marathon broadcast.[6]


Since 2022, Zwart has been broadcasting programmes on the Dutch public broadcasting system. Initially, the broadcaster was allowed to air De nacht is Zwart ('The Night Is Black') on the public radio two nights a week, and has a regular segment on Giel Beelen's programme on NPO Radio 2. The first television programme, Podium Zwart on NPO 3, a late-night music and culture programme presented by Glen Faria [nl] and Veronica van Hoogdalem [nl], was aired on 27 May 2022. The premiere, on a Friday night, only attracted 23,000 viewers.[7]

Television programs[8][edit]

  • Podium Zwart (2022, NPO 3)
  • Once Upon a Timeline (2022, NPO 3)
  • Idris Elba's Fight School (2022, NPO 3)


  • Een Gat in Mijn Hart (2022, NPO 2)

Radio programs[edit]

  • De Nacht Is Zwart (2022, NPO Radio 1)
  • De Nacht van Zwart (2022, NPO Radio 1)
  • Wat Anders (2022, NPO 3FM)


  • Rouwrituelen (2022)


  • Milouska Meulens (2022–present)[9]
  • Amber Roner (2022–present)
  • Ciana Mayam (2022–present)[10]
  • Lara Lauwigi (2022–present)[11]
  • Elif Kan (2022–present)[12]
  • Glen Faria (2022–present)[13]
  • Veronica van Hoogdalem (2022–present)
  • Vincent Reinders (2022–present)
  • Akwasi (2022–present)


  • Founder Akwasi faced criticism for his speech at a Black Lives Matter protest on the Dam Square in Amsterdam, in which he promised to kick Zwarte Piet characters in the face. During an interview with EO presenter Hans van der Steeg, he took the laptop of the editorial team and forced the recording of the conversation to be removed.[14] Akwasi later apologized during an interview.[15]


  1. ^ "Slob laat Omroep Zwart en ON toe tot bestel, maar zal scherp toezien op nepnieuws". NOS Nieuws. 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Over ons". Omroep ZWART (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  3. ^, Door (2021-02-01). "Omroep ZWART en BNNVARA gaan samenwerken". NU (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  4. ^ (2021-03-31). "Akwasi's droom stapje dichterbij: Zwart heeft officieel genoeg leden". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  5. ^ "Slob laat Omroep Zwart en ON toe tot bestel, maar zal scherp toezien op nepnieuws". (in Dutch). 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  6. ^ Jaap (2021-11-25). "Omroep Zwart laat mensen kennismaken door een online radiomarathon". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  7. ^, Door (2022-05-28). "Eerste programma Omroep ZWART trekt 23.000 kijkers". NU (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-12-16.
  8. ^ "Programmapagina Omroep ZWART". Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  9. ^ "Milouska Meulens krijgt voor Omroep ZWART programma op Radio 1". Telegraaf (in Dutch). 2021-12-14. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  10. ^ "Vijf omroepen maken nachtprogramma op NPO Radio 1 in nieuwe jaar". NU (in Dutch). 2021-12-29. Retrieved 2022-02-07.
  11. ^ "Lara Lauwigi". NPO Radio 1 (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  12. ^ "Elif Kan". NPO Radio 1. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  13. ^ "Omroep Zwart komt met eerste tv-programma". BM (in Dutch). 2022-05-23.
  14. ^ Leon van Wijk (8 January 2021). "Akwasi pakt laptops EO af en dwingt journalist opname te wissen na vraag over Dam-speech". Algemeen Dagblad.
  15. ^ Leon van Wijk (16 January 2021). "Omroep Zwart veroordeelt incident rond Akwasi".

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