Jeroen Pauw finds it “pretty irritating” that some people call his income as a producer of TV programs a construction. That is what 62-year-old Pauw says in conversation with Veronica Superguide.
The presenter’s salary was the subject of discussion after the report that Pauw would have linked his salary negotiations in 2019 to a purchase guarantee for his production company TVBV. For example, with his work as a producer he could earn extra money in addition to his work as a presenter.
Pauw explains that he set up his production company 22 years ago, when he was still working at RTL. “Jan Peter Balkenende was still a part-time professor somewhere and there was no question of a beaming standard at all. Later I came to work for the public broadcaster and that standard was introduced. I think it’s fine, even if it’s not my idea. But do people seriously expect me to do all the work in addition to my presentation work for free?”
The WNT standard applies to public broadcasting, which is intended to combat excessive remuneration and severance pay at institutions in the (semi) public sector. The limit has been set at 216,000 euros in 2022. In July, the NPO confirmed that no presenter has received a salary above the standard since 2020.
The Media Authority announced in July that it would investigate the financial supervision of the Top Income Standards Act (WNT) in the media. The NPO has asked that the issue surrounding Pauw be included in this investigation. Pauw then said in a response that he “was not a shareholder of TVBV during the discussed period, did not hold a management position and was not involved or responsible for TVBV’s business course”.