Matthijs van Nieuwkerk says in an interview in LINDA. have a number of reasons to stop the presentation of De Wereld Draait Door ( DWDD ) next spring.
"Fifteen years is also a good time, isn't it? But the most important thing is that I want something else in my life later. New horizons. Well, we'll see."
Van Nieuwkerk does not yet know what he will do after DWDD . Early retirement excludes 58-year-old television personality. "Maybe live in Rue du Bac for a while, maybe buy a boat, make a few trips, finally to Buenos Aires, maybe something with the public broadcaster, maybe to the commercial people."
At the moment, however, Van Nieuwkerk says he is ready to bring the fifteenth season, which starts on September 2, to a successful conclusion.
"I wasn't waiting for that begging letter"
In recent years, Van Nieuwkerk has been at the center of the discussion about top salaries at the public broadcaster. His salary has since been reduced, but the criticism at his address does not seem to be weakening. Media speculate that this is one of the reasons why the renowned presenter will find his way to the commercial broadcaster. A fear that Van Nieuwkerk's boss and director of BNNVARA Gert-Jan Hox also feels.
In May, Hox made a plea in the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper in which he defended the salary of Van Nieuwkerk. Hox's attempt seemed to be a conclusion from the conversation he had had with Van Nieuwkerk some time before. In that conversation Van Nieuwkerk indicated that he wanted to consider whether a new season could still be done despite all the critical noises.
The fact that Hox then openly defended Van Nieuwkerk's income was, according to the latter, "not smart and decisive". "There was great criticism from The Hague, from the public broadcaster, of whom not actually. I knew nothing, let alone that I was waiting for this begging letter. He later admitted that it was not so smart, his antenna did not work or something."