Screenshot of the website of SKO (Dutch audience measurement company)
Patty Brard's latest column for Weekend magazine deals with the TV obsession with viewing figures. The diva told the incredible story of Derk Bolt (who hosts KRO-NCRV program "Spoorloos") and cameraman Eugenio Follender who were trying to trace the mother of someone adopted by a Dutch couple when they disappeared in the northern region of Catatumbo, close to the border with Venezuela in June. The two were held by guerilla movement ELN, one of dozens of armed militias active in the region. They were later released by their captors.
Are TV personalities ready to do anything to get good ratings? Are there limits?
Patty also cited her own experience on TV: the danger during the taping of NPO 3/BNN's reality show "Gevaarlijkste wegen van de wereld" with comedian Richard Groenendijk traveling by off-road vehicle on narrow and difficult roads in Sri Lanka or her injuries after her participation in SBS 6's celebrity diving competition "Sterren Springen".
Click here to read the column.