VRT big glutton, not Niels Destadsbader or Koen Wauters: these are the nominees for the new media awards ‘Kastaars!’ | TV

TVThe nominees for the ‘Kasaars!’ Are known. The new media awards, which willbe presented on 28 January, are divided into eight audience awards and threejury awards. VRT brands are best represented, Danira Boukhriss and Erik VanLooy each have three nominations, Niels Destadsbader, Koen Wauters and KarlVannieuwkerke are notable for their absence. HLN was also nominated twice, inthe categories ‘best podcast’ and ‘best online video series’.

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Most popular “TV Show,” “Radio Show,” “Fiction Series,” “Personality,””Podcast,” “Online Series,” “TV Moment,” and “TV Contestant.” These are theeight public prizes awarded in the first edition of the ‘Kastaars’. Inaddition, a jury also awards three prizes for ‘breakthrough’, ‘career’ and akind of special ‘jury mention’. The number of VRT brands is striking in thatlist of 80 nominations. 38 of the 80 nominees are associated with publicbroadcasting, compared to 17 nominations for VTM brands, 16 for SBS and 9 forother brands. This difference is particularly noticeable in the categories’radio’ and ‘fiction’, which is logical because the public broadcaster hasmany more radio stations than the competition and has been specializing inhome-grown fiction for years.

Also noteworthy: in the list of most popular media personalities of the year,there is only one VTM face with Dina Tersago. Big guns like Niels Destadsbaderand Koen Wauters cannot be found. The former nevertheless presented the mostwatched program of 2022 with ‘The Masked Singer’, Wauters was not connected toa major program last year – apart from being a coach in ‘The Voice’. Anothernotable absentee from that list is Karl Vannieuwkerke. With programs such as’Villa Sporza’ and ‘Vive Le velo’ he mastered the busy sports year, but he didnot get a nomination. The names that appear most frequently in the list areErik Van Looy and Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis. They are both in the list ofthe most popular ‘media personality’, ‘TV participant’ and ‘TV moment’ of theyear.

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Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis and Erik Van Looy © Play4/RV

Like-tuned violins

The nominees have been determined by the research agency iVOX. “Twice a year -once after the TV spring and once after the TV autumn – they conducted asurvey among all layers of the Flemish population,” says Luc Appermont, whochairs a nine-member jury that includes Nora Gharib. , Goedele Liekens and TimVan Aelst. Appermont, winner of fourteen Golden Eyes in the not so distantpast, also says that he really believes in the new Flemish media awards. “Itis the very first time that all media groups have rallied behind such aninitiative,” it sounds. “In all previous awards, the collaboration alwaysjumped off the differences between the public and commercial broadcasters, butnow violins are finally aligned.”

The forerunner of the ‘Kastaars’, the Flemish television stars, died a quietdeath five years ago. The viewing figures of the ceremony – broadcastalternately by VTM and VRT and later also VIER – ebbed away, while the costsremained the same. The last Flemish television stars were awarded out of sightof the cameras in 2018 during a guest lecture in an auditorium of GhentUniversity.

Two editions

This time, all major media groups (DPG Media, VRT, SBS) are supporting theelection that will be broadcast simultaneously on 28 January on all major TVchannels, radio stations and online video and news platforms. According to theorganizers, the next two editions are already fixed, on Saturday 27 January2024 and Saturday 25 January 2025.