Nicolas Eglau, Director RTL Ventures, said: “RTL Crime will give all fans of crime stories an alibi. Following the successful launch of RTL Lounge, we are expanding our range of digital broadcasts by starting up a new channel that fits perfectly into our existing family. We are launching RTL Crime not just as an entertainment channel, but as a new brand for all crime story fans”.
RTL Crime’s programme schedule will include top crime series from the Netherlands as well as international productions. The series featured will include 24, Prison Break, Bones and the CSI series. Boks, Breakout Kings and Chicago Code were previously not broadcast on Dutch television. Additionally, documentaris will tell viewers the true stories behind high-profile criminal cases. During the week, programmes will be ordered thematically, so one evening will be devoted to true cases, another to CSI, one to US crime series, another to European crime series, and one to Dutch productions.
The series aired on RTL Crime will not be interrupted by commercial breaks and will always start on the hour or half-hour. As from 1 September, the channel will be included in the bouquet of channels offered by Ziggo. RTL Nederland is currently holding talks with UPC and other cable operators in the Netherlands.