The Weather Channel Netherlands

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The Weather Channel Netherlands (Dutch: Het Weerkanaal) was a Dutch-language version of the Weather Channel that operated from 1996 to 1998.[1][2]

It was partially owned by Landmark Communications, then owners of the American Weather Channel, in cooperation with Meteo Consult.[2][3] Profitability and lack of cable carriage were cited as reasons for its discontinuation. When launched, it reached half a million cable subscribers; by its closure, the channel reached half of Dutch cable connections.[4][5]

Meteo Consult later launched a second Weerkanaal in 2006, changing its name to Weer en Verkeer (Weather and Traffic) in 2008.[6] The channel closed on October 1, 2013.[7]


Segments on the Weather Channel included:

  • Lokaal Weer (Local Weather), with forecasts for the local area on cable or various Dutch and Flemish cities on satellite.
  • Regionaal (Regional), with forecasts for three regions in the Netherlands and Flanders.
  • Sport Verwachting (Sports Forecast), featuring weather forecasts for sporting events.
  • Vakantie Weer (Vacation Weather), an overview of weather conditions for locations in Europe and the Mediterranean.


The channel also aired traffic reports, health segments, and information for boaters and gardeners.[3]


Presenters on the Weather Channel included:

  • Klaas Dros, formerly of the Dutch air force
  • Maud van der Kroon, formerly of Dutch broadcaster KRO
  • Peter Timofeeff, formerly of the Dutch weather service KNMI



  1. "Dutch News Roundup -- Tele-Satellit News". September 16, 1996.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Forrester, Chris; Brockmeyer, Dieter (February 2, 1998). "Weather Channel Exits Four Euro Markets". Multichannel News.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nieuwe Weerkanaal gaat presentatoren zelf opleiden". July 10, 1996.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kijker kan 24 uur per dag het weer volgen". September 16, 1996.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Het Weer Kanaal houdt er na ruim een jaar al mee op". January 26, 1998.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Weerkanaal verder als Weer & Verkeer". Totaal TV. December 9, 2008. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
  7. "Weer en verkeer stopt uitzendingen bij UPC en Ziggo". Totaal TV. September 10, 2013. Archived from the original on October 6, 2013.
  8. "Het Weer Kanaal (1997-1998)". YouTube. February 3, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

See also

The Weather Channel in Europe:

External links