Het Laatste Nieuws

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Het Laatste Nieuws
Car with Het Laatste Nieuws advertising
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)DPG Media
EditorDimitri Antonissen, Brecht Decaestecker, Frederik De Swaef[1]
HeadquartersMediaplein 1

Het Laatste Nieuws (Dutch pronunciation: [ət ˌlaːtstə ˈnius]; in English The Latest News) is a Dutch-language newspaper.It is based in Antwerp, Belgium. It was founded by Julius Hoste Sr. on 7 June 1888. It is now part of DPG Media.[2] The newspaper is the most popular newspaper in Flanders and Belgium.

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VFront page of Flemish newspaper "Het Laatste Nieuws" of September 5 1944. With headline: Long live Belgium !, Long live The King !, Long live Freedom! in honor of the liberation of Belgium.
Front page of the Flemish newspaper "Het Laatste Nieuws" 20 April 1943

The liberal Julius Hoste Sr. founded the newspaper on 7 June 1888[3] five days before the Belgian elections. With the newspaper he wanted to support the Liberal Party in the elections. He also wanted to support the Flemish movement in Brussels, a city which was dominated by francophone bourgeois (Franskiljons). The newspaper supported the cause of the Gelijkheidswet (E: equality law between French and Flemish in Belgium), the rescue of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (KVS) (E: Royal Flemish Theatre) in Brussels and the election of the first Flemish, liberal, Ghent municipal governing board in 1907.

The newspaper has liberal views. Generally it wants to support the Flemish movement, with a minimal focus on French speaking people. These characteristics were very important in the new daily, just like its anti-clericalism.[3] In 1897, Flor Burton founded the newspaper De Nieuwe Gazet in Antwerp, with a substantially similar editorial policy.

When Julius Hoste Sr. died, his son, Julius Hoste Jr., took over the responsibility. He moderated the confrontational style favored by his father, but changed it to a softer, and more formal tone. He also included more regional news, and expanded the sports section to reach an even wider public.

When World War II broke out, Julius Hoste Jr. fled to the United Kingdom. His newspaper was still published under Nazi control. During this period The Adventures of Tintin was in the newspaper. Stories included Tintin in the Congo, Tintin in America, The Broken Ear, The Shooting Star, and The Secret of the Unicorn.

After the war Julius Hoste Jr. again took control, but the business needed to be rebuilt. He shared day-to-day management with Albert Maertens, who would follow him, after Hoste suddenly died. His heirs wanted to create a foundation, to preserve the newspaper.

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In the period of 1995-96 Het Laatste Nieuws had a circulation of 303,993 copies.[4] The circulation of the paper was 287,000 copies in 2001.[5] It was 341,257 copies in 2002.[6] In 2003 its circulation was 294,000 copies, making it the best selling newspaper in Belgium.[7]

In 2009 Het Laatste Nieuws had a circulation of 287,162 copies.[8] The approximate circulation of the paper was 370,000 copies in 2010.[3]

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  1. "DPG Media Privacy Gate".
  2. Koen Panis; et al. (2014). "Does Media Cross-Ownership Translate into Cross-Promotion?". Journalism Studies. 16 (6): 868–886. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2014.953780. S2CID 147293424.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Media Landscape Media Claims" (PDF). European Social Survey. May 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. Media Policy: Convergence, Concentration & Commerce. SAGE Publications. 24 September 1998. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4462-6524-6. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  5. Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. David Ward (2004). "A Mapping Study of Media Concentration and Ownership in Ten European Countries" (PDF). Dutch Media Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  8. "Communicating Europe Manual: Belgium" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. July 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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