In a statement, Talpa says that after the last conversations, it has been decided to return the much-discussed talk show on SBS6. Today Inside went off the air on Thursday 29 April after Derksen, and Genee and Van der Gijp in his wake, indicated that they no longer wanted to sit at the table. The reason was the national commotion that arose after the now infamous candle story van Derksen about transgressive behavior in a woman some fifty years ago.
“As a result of the broadcast, many pulled their hands off Johan. Radio stations, theaters and, in his opinion, also Talpa”, says Marco Louwerens, TV director. “We made it clear to him that we did not cancel him, but that we took a crystal clear position against the way in which he wanted to make his point clear and how the response was subsequently and how the subject was handled.”
‘Step too far’
Louwerens, by the VI– trio invariably called ‘director’, says he knows that the men now and then walk on the edge. “And that typifies the program, but this was obviously a step too far in several respects. As far as we are concerned, Johan has clearly distanced himself enough from what went wrong. The choice to stop was his, but it has now become clear to him that even the biggest critics think that a program like Today Inside should have a place in the Dutch media landscape.”
And Talpa shares that opinion: “Today Inside remains a program where, among other things, discussions and conversations about various (sensitive) topics are held in public.”
On Wednesday there was a lot of confusion about the possible return of the program when Derksen told several media, including to The Telegraphhad confirmed that Today Inside would appear on the tube again from Monday. In a short statement, Talpa, who possibly wanted to keep control, let it be known that Derksen had spoken out of turn.
„The reporting regarding a return of the program Today Inside on SBS6 is premature. We had a good conversation with the men last Sunday to look back in peace on the past few weeks and what happened,” said a spokesperson for Talpa.