WE MAKE RADIO HAPPEN
About Broadcast Partners
Since 1979 Broadcast Partners is ready for all radio stations in the Netherlands and Flanders when it comes to FM and DAB transmitter parks. As the market leader in transmitter network management in the Benelux, Broadcast Partners is always looking to innovate. However, our service consists of much more than just managing transmitter fleets.
With our corporate slogan “We make radio happen” we refer to the close relationship we build and maintain with our clients. This relationship goes far beyond a standard supplier-customer relationship; the customer needs a trusted advisor who can simultaneously support important technical choices.
Broadcast Partners is located in Terneuzen and Hilversum. We count major radio stations such as Radio 538, Qmusic, the NPO and many more among our clients. This is something we as Broadcast Partners are proud of. At the same time, we provide broadcasting technology in many other countries and our R&D team develops trend-setting products for radio and Internet media.
A company full of knowledge when it comes to specialized engineering and commercially and technically challenging projects. Broadcast Partners is growing like a cabbage, gaining ever larger market shares and also expanding the market itself. That growth is reflected in the workforce, where there is permanent room for new employees over the years. New colleagues ( technical, commercial or financial ) who can contribute at their own level to the realization of the Broadcast Partners projects.
We have been active since 1979 and have achieved many great goals. Scroll through our history below and discover some of the highlights.
We make radio happen, but what does that really mean?
The quality of our radio distribution network is directly related to the passion and enthusiasm of our people. Therefore, we structurally support our employees in their work and ambitions. The freedom, dynamism and informal work atmosphere is most appreciated by our employees. The colleagues among themselves form a close-knit team where respect for each other prevails. It is important to us that you can develop professionally and personally as an employee, so that we grow together. The development you go through is of course related to your wishes and ambitions, we are happy to give you space!
A look through history
The founding of CBT, later Broadcast Partners
Perhaps the most important year in the history of Broadcast Partners, 1979, in which CBT Electronic was founded by Robert-jan in a small apartment in Terneuzen. The apartment soon became too small, so an old building in downtown Terneuzen was rented. Later, CBT was renamed Broadcast Partners and the premises were exchanged for one on Axelsestraat.
How it all began…
Broadcast Partners begins selling antennas in northern France. Later we expand to Belgium and then to the Netherlands.
Broadcast Partners was first to deliver type-approved transmitter to local broadcasters
Local broadcasters are becoming possible in the Netherlands. For example, Broadcast Partners is beginning to provide transmitters to these local radio stations. Hundreds of them have been sold.
In the late 1980s, Broadcast Partners acquired knowledge about the spectrum
This leads to cooperation with the commercial broadcasters who all want to be on FM but are not allowed to by the government. That cooperation leads to major changes and the minister’s decision to “zerobase” the FM band for the potential for more frequencies.
Then we give our own direction, what that zerobase frequency plan should look like, and eventually design it, with limited but important cooperation from the government.
Broadcast Partners, the network provider in the Netherlands!
Meanwhile, starting in 1998, we provide commercial broadcasters with frequency space through experimental licenses that our company manages to acquire from AT. Thus, commercial stations have significant access to the FM band anyway, prior to any frequency allocation.
So in this year, we become a network provider in the Netherlands as a company. Five of the seven commercial broadcasters are directly served by us. Broadcast Partners is growing tremendously and is committed to innovative projects.
Zero-base-FM frequency plan to be launched
Broadcast Partners gives THE presentation of the new Zero-base FM frequency plan. This is one of the first FM transmitters we built for it in 1997. In the coming years, we will continue to expand this.
Network operator in Belgium
Did you know that many employees from back then are still with our company?
The biggest changeover in Dutch history
Network provider in Denmark
In this year we also win the tender from the Danish government. We are commissioned to review the Danish FM frequency plan ánd we become a network provider in Denmark.
On to Belgium
We are going to Georgia and Spain!
We move further out into the world. Broadcast Partners conducts projects in Georgia and Spain. Interesting and challenging to be able to do our work in these countries!
A revamped FM infrastructure network
The year we win the tender from the Dutch Public Broadcasters. This makes Broadcast Partners the network operator for all four public national FM networks. Before the actual effective date of the contract, we will renew the entire FM infrastructure network.
We are going to Armenia!
Broadcast Partners is increasingly crossing borders, this time for an assignment in Armenia. The beautiful view almost made us forget the extreme cold. We were able to do a nice job there too, job completed!
We are working on a new DAB+ network
FM distribution for three major regional broadcasters
In this year Broadcast Partners is allowed to provide FM distribution for three major regional broadcasters in the Netherlands. A challenge in which we may again deliver beautiful work to well-known broadcasters in the Netherlands!
AerOn Studio takes to the skies and to Germany!
The introduction of SmartRadio!
In this year we are launching the new Visual Radio software AerOn Visual as well as Radix for DAB+. In this year the AerOn Axemble DAB+ multiplexer, developed by Broadcast Partners, will be launched and we will start with the introduction of SmartRadio!
Two new FM networks realized
We are going to work on a new nationwide DAB network!
In this year, we are proud to win the contract for a new nationwide DAB network! We are going to work on the new digital network and then roll it out nationwide.
Best of Show AWARD at the IBC!
VRT makes use of SmartRadio!
VRT is going to make use of SmartRadio. A milestone! Making radio in the Cloud, remotely, who wouldn’t want that? SmartRadio is gaining ground among well-known broadcasters as well.
Introduction of the Dutch Media Exchange
We continue to grow!
Did you know that many people from the old photos still work at Broadcast Partners? Since 1979, we have grown tremendously and we continue to grow. We currently have about 75+ valued employees in our company!
founder Broadcast Partners
Robert-jan has spent over forty years building and working on Broadcast Partners, TBG and Ontower.
Appointment of new management
We are pleased to let you know, that we have found a new board of directors in our own circle. This consists of Laura Waverijn, Werner de Schepper and Pascal Levrier. They will run the company collegially with a division of labor that means Laura will take care of the general management, Pascal will direct the operational matters related to the transmitter networks and Werner will manage the remaining technology. There is, of course, some overlap between the portfolios. Robert-jan will gradually hand over tasks in the near future, while continuing to play an active role where commercial matters are concerned.
From left to right, Laura, Werner & Pascal
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