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RTL 4's new logo
RTL 4 is a commercial television station in the Netherlands. It is one of the biggest commercial television stations in the country, especially with those aged between 20 and 49. The station has two sister tv channels; RTL 5 and RTL 7 (previously Yorin). From May 1991 until September 2006, the station has had several accompanying radio stations, such as RTL Radio, Happy RTL, and RTL FM.

It originally launched on the Astra satellite as RTL Veronique on October 2, 1989, before rebranding as RTL 4 (after 1, 2 and 3 were already used by the Netherlands' public broadcasters) the next year. It was the first private commercial broadcaster in the Netherlands, and originally broadcast from Luxembourg (private broadcasters were not allowed to originate from the Netherlands until 1992). The encryption system employed by both RTL 4 and 5 analogue services whilst on the Astra 1a and 1C satellites was Luxcrypt. This standard was employed (mainly on the English language programmes carried with Dutch subtitles) in order to protect the distribution rights sold by foreign studios to RTL.

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RTL 4's old logo
RTL 4's latest relaunch was on 12 August 2005. New plans were introduced in order to broadcast more Dutch drama, RTL news programmes and entertainment shows using international formats. Hits on RTL 4 include Het Zes Uur Nieuws, Editie NL, RTL Boulevard and the detective series Baantjer and Grijpstra & de Gier. Idols (Pop Idol in the UK or American Idol in the USA) is also very popular. RTL 4 plans to become a family favourite on Saturday night with Idols and Dancing with the Stars. This a ballroom dancing show which is successful in the UK (where it began and is called Strictly Come Dancing) and the USA.

RTL 4 plans to become more interactive with its viewers with life and cooking programmes will be shown on Sunday afternoons, on the relaunched network.

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