Crimefighter Peter R de Vries quits TV show after 17 years

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One of the Netherlands’ most prominent TV journalists is giving up his popular investigative show after 17 years.

Peter R de Vries became a household name in his own country and gained international renown through his programme, titled simply ‘Peter R de Vries, crime reporter’.

In his most famous episode, he used hidden cameras to record what appeared to be a confession by Joran van der Sloot, the Curacao-based Dutchman suspected of abducting American teenager Natalee Holloway on the island of Aruba in 2005. Her body has never been found.

The programme, broadcast in 2008, was watched by 7.2 million Dutch viewers and broadcast in the United States, where it won an Emmy award.

De Vries, 54, also helped to secure the freedom of two men who were wrongly convicted of murdering air hostess Christel Ambrosius in the village of Putten.

In 2005 he founded a political party, PRDV (Party for Justice, Action and Progress), only to cut short his political after failing to reach a self-imposed threshold of 41% of public support in an opinion poll.

On his website, De Vries said giving up the show was a “difficult decision”.

He said: “It’s a job that happens 24/7. You’re constantly dealing with matters of life and death, and that doesn’t leave you mentally unscathed.

“Every word has to be weighed carefully, lawyers constantly threaten with writs and compensation claims, and the research costs incredible amounts of time and effort.”

Eric van Stade, director of host TV channel SBS6, said the show was an “institution”.

He said: “No other TV programme has had so much impact for so long on so many lives, and on society as a whole. Through their perfectionism, tenacity and resourcefulness, Peter and his team have shown for years what television at its best looks like.”

Source: Peter R de Vries website: Peter stopt in 2012 met misdaadprogramma na zeventien jaar onthullen en ontmaskeren
Photo by Daphne Channa Horn

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