Shortly after it was established, SBS6 also aired a newscast known as
Actienieuws (Action News)
, which had a similar format (with two female anchors) and was modeled in part on American local newscasts of the time:
Do you know anything about its history? Apparently, it didn't last long.
Yes, it was SBS6's first foray into international news; that being said, from what I can gather, the stories covered were those deemed to have some relevance to 'the ordinary man or woman'. To use an example from the programme's editor, Boris Yeltsin's heart bypass would be covered, but NATO's expansion to eastern Europe would not. As always with SBS6,
coverage was highly sensationalist, SBS6 being a populist, downmarket channel. (SBS6 even showed soft porn late at night in its early days - remind you of a certain British channel?)
Anyway, as you say,
didn't last very long, being axed at the start of 1999. It was revived in 2004, and did very well this time round, regularly attracting over half a million viewers. Ultimately, it proved too expensive to produce, and was again axed in 2006, being replaced with an extra edition of
Hart van Nederland,
which continues to this day. Clips from this second era are scarce, but I did manage to find a promotion from around 2004 for
(BTW, I really dig the theme tune in that clip)
BTW, I found out the reason for
Hart van Nederland
only ever having female presenters: the chief editor's reasoning is that "They are familiar faces and recognizable types - they could be your wife, girlfriend or mother."
Hazimworks and WW Update gave kudos