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Fortis problems boost English language website

15 October 2008 - A month ago, newspaper NRC Handelsblad launched an English language website. The problems of the Fortis bank give the site a boost.

Other Amsterdam-related topics the website reported on include Nigerian spam scams operated from Zuidoost; polygamy among immigrants; an agri-business park in the port of Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport complaining about the flight tax.

A year ago, the German Spiegel Online asked NRC Handelsblad whether it would be interested to collaborate as a first step towards the development of a European network of newspaper websites.

NRC Handelsblad liked the idea and launched an English language website aiming for expats and foreigners interested in the Netherlands. The newspaper collaborates with expat website Dutchnews.

'Our new friends from Berlin' warned the paper that it should not expect to draw millions of visitors, NRC Handelsblad Chief Internet and Media Kees Versteegh wrote at the Nieuwe Reporter website. Expats are quite well served by specialised expat websites and it will take months before people abroad discover the new site.

As an experiment, NRC Handelsblad published a series of articles on politician Geert Wilders and his anti-Islam film Fitna. These articles attracted 25,000 new visitors in three days.

On 16 September, NRC Handelsblad launched its English-language website. Funding is available to run the site at least until the end of the year, and 'then we'll see'.

"Especially the Fortis problems offer our colleagues at the financial desk an opportunity to connect to the world news and to show their work to a larger public through the Spiegel Online website", Versteegh explained.

De Nieuwe Reporter (in Dutch), NRC Handelsblad International


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