RTL 4 began life as RTL Veronique back in 1989 as the first commercial station after private commercial tv was permitted in 1988. They broadcasted from Luxembourg, as a a non-Dutch broadcaster, as it was not allowed from the Netherlands until 1992. Why 4 ? Because it was the first commercial channel launched, and 1-2-3 were in use by the public broadcasters.


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RTL Veronique Coming Soon
1989


Click for larger image RTL Veronique Pre-Launch Promo
1989
Click for larger image Broadcasting from the Astra satellite, this little animation was played continously before the launch of the channel.

Click for larger image RTL Veronique Launch Show
1989
Click for larger image Here's the programme line-up from launch day - October 2nd 1989

Click for larger image ITN News at Ten - RTL 4
1989
Click for larger image RTL Véronique/4 broadcast in their first years programmes un-encrypted to the whole of Europe. At the start, there was commotion about the sex related programmes at night. ITN made a report about this.

Click for larger image RTL Veronique Ident
1989
Click for larger image The ident from RTL Véronique in 1989 with announcer Caroline Tensen, who now works for the NCRV.

Click for larger image RTL-V Breakfast Show Promo
1989
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Click for larger image RTL Veronique Nieuws
1989
The news at ten with Loretta Schrijver. She worked in 2005 for a short time at MAX, a broadcaster for 65+.
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Click for larger image RTL Veronique Nieuws
1990
Click for larger image Chunky 3D type for the opening news titles in 1989 with anchor Jeroen Pauw.

Click for larger image RTL Veronique Nieuws
1990
Click for larger image The news with Sander Simons.

Click for larger image RTL Veronique Programme Promos
1990
Click for larger image 2 different programme promo's, used in 1990.

Click for larger image RTL Veronique Reclame / Reklame
1990
Click for larger image Break bumper sting into the commercial break.

Click for larger image RTL Veronique 4 Ever Promo
1990
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Click for larger image RTL Veronique Telekids
1989
Click for larger image Veronique's children's programmes slot... presented by Caroline Tensen

Click for larger image RTL Veronique Speelfilm
1990
Click for larger image Ex-KRO-announcer Mariette Brugman announcing the movie of the evening in 1990.

Click for larger image Rete Mia
1990
Click for larger image at night, RTL Veronique gave broadcast time to Rete Mia, an Italian satellite channel.

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1989
Click for larger image The 5 uur show was the most watched show in the afternoon in the 1990s.
 
Here Dieuwertje Blok presents the show. She also came from the KRO...


In late 1990 RTL Veronique was rebranded as RTL4.


Click for larger image Telekids
1990
Click for larger image A very colourful CG sequence for TeleKids in 1990.

Click for larger image RTL4 Nieuws
1990
Click for larger image A programme shedule for the evening, then it's time for the latest news from Loretta Schrijver.

Click for larger image RTL4 Next
1990
Click for larger image 2 examples with a sun as the logo, which was used for the summer.

Click for larger image RTL4 Straks
1990
Click for larger image A new logo, with the news next.

Click for larger image RTL4 Reklame
1990
Click for larger image A yellow and an Red version...

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1990
RTL Christmas
1991
RTL Christmas Promo
1991
RTL Christmas Promo
1991


Click for larger image RTL Channel Promo
1991
Click for larger image Here's a programme shedule for the 18-20 hrs-slot, which is filled with news and gameshows.

Click for larger image RTL4 Channel Promo
1991
Click for larger image RTL4, your number 1!

Click for larger image RTL4 Speelfilm
1991
Click for larger image The same version from Veronique, but now with the RTL4-logo...

Click for larger image RTL4 Ident & News bulletin
1991
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Click for larger image RTL4 Nieuws
1991
Click for larger image A New look for the news with RTL4, same music, new colour palette of blue and yellow. Notice how anchor Jeroen Pauw is colour coordinated!

Click for larger image RTL4 Nieuws
1992
Click for larger image Newsreader is Sander Simons.

Click for larger image RTL4 Ontbijt Nieuws
1992
Click for larger image The breakfast news with Jan de Hoop in christmas decoration!

Click for larger image RTL 4 Ident
1993
Click for larger image Ident used after a programme shedule.

Click for larger image RTL4 Nieuws
1993
Click for larger image The evening news with Jaap van Meekeren and Vivian Boelen.

Click for larger image RTL4 Nieuws
1995
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Click for larger image RTL4 Speelfilm
1995
Click for larger image A film projector is going to lead us to the movie...

Click for larger image RTL4 Next
1995
Click for larger image Two examples of next-promo's in 1995...

Click for larger image RTL4 Ident
1995
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Click for larger image RTL4 Ident
1995
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Click for larger image RTL4 Ident
1995
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Click for larger image RTL4 Closedown
1995
Click for larger image Here's a typical closedown, with a list of programmes for Monday.

Click for larger image RTL4 Programme Promo
1995
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