News agencies

The leading national press agency is Algemeen Nederland Persbureau (ANP) . It used to be owned by media themselves but is now privately owned. Almost every Dutch media uses ANP that also handles international exchange of news with foreign agencies. ANP issues news items, radio bulletins, photo’s, video’s and infographics. It also has commercial non-media customers. 250 people work for ANP, among them 160 journalists.

In 2001 competitor Novum Nieuws was founded. In 2015 ANP acquired Novum.

Regional newspapers had their press agency that provided non-local news and also worked as an exchange bank for news of the different papers. The GPD as it was called, closed in 2013. The reason was that all major regional papers were part of large media groups that provided national and international news themselves.

The AD-group, consisting of national newspaper AD with seven regional editions and the papers of the former Wegener group (De Gelderlander, De Stentor, Brabants Dagblad, Eindhovens Dagblad, BN De Stem, TC Tubantia and PZC) is part of De Persgroep Belgium that also publishes Amsterdam daily Het Parool and national dailies de Volkskrant and Trouw (and dailies in Belgium and Denmark). These newspaper groups provide the non-local news for all regional papers and also for the regional papers of the Limburg MGL-group and the northern NDC-group. 

In the second largest newspaper group (TMG) national daily De Telegraaf, free daily Metro and four regional dailies in the provinces of North- and South-Holland share news.