Jort Kelder financed FVD campaign films, denies conflict of interest | show

NPO presenter Jort Kelder has indeed co-financed campaign films from Forum for Democracy. Kelder confirmed this news in his podcast The Jortcastbut denies any conflict of interest. Earlier, FVD leader Thierry Baudet had already hinted at Kelder’s financial support. He called it “a great gift.”

Kelder states in his podcast that he advised an editor friend who wanted to make a career switch in the run-up to the elections to start making campaign films for political parties. He then contacted Baudet to ask if his editor could do something for him. Kelder was convinced that Baudet’s match was a good choice ‘because there was a lot to do’, but did not interfere with it after that.

In addition, Kelder offered to pay the editor’s salary. In his podcast he explains how that went. ,,The only thing I did: ‘I’ll give you that chance, I’ll pay your salary, go and have a look.’ Of course I often did that with all my projects with him. “Just send me a bill.”

The presenter also says in the podcast that he has ‘no financial connection with Forum for Democracy’. β€œIn fact, if he had said that he actually wanted to follow the GroenLinks campaign or that of the animal party, I would have been fine with it. Then I would have called Marianne Thieme.”

No complaints

The Media Authority says it has not yet received any complaints and sees no reason to dive into the case itself. “The point is that the journalist Kelder can carry out his work independently,” said a spokesman. ,,It is another question whether it is useful what he does. However, as far as I can judge now, there does not appear to be a conflict of interest.”

Kelder makes various programs for the NPO. He is the presenter of On 1 and he makes the radio program for Avrotros Cellar & Co. “We are not responding to this news,” said an Avrotros spokesperson. “Jort is a freelancer, he can decide for himself what he does in his own time on his own title.”

Omroep WNL, for which Kelder the program On 1 presents, could not be reached for comment. The NPO refers to the broadcasters for a response. “Jort is not employed by us,” a spokesperson said.

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