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Rik van de Westelaken

The Netherlands

Rik van de Westelaken (1971) is a journalist, presenter and programme maker. His career began in 1995 at the AT5 television station in Amsterdam before he moved to NOS-journaal in 1999. Van de Westelaken was associated with the 8 o’clock news bulletin for almost fifteen years and he reported on special events such as the coronation of King Willem-Alexander and the Liberation Day concert. He presented his last bulletin in 2016, after which he moved to commercial channels. He presents a range of programmes, including the current affairs show EenVandaag and will also present this year’s Wie is de Mol? game show. Van de Westelaken was also the narrator of the Dutch Week of the Audio Book gift app in 2018. He is a great admirer of John Irving’s work, who he will be interviewing at the ILFU.