AVRO celebrity Karel van de Graaf has passed away

Karel van de Graaf in 2009

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AVRO presenter and journalist Karel van de Graaf has died at the age of 72. AVROTROS has announced this.

Van de Graaf worked for the AVRO between 1969 and 2007, where he was a prominent face for many years. His first name was enough to know who was meant. He presented several TV and radio programs.

Since 1986 he has been the face of the television program Televizier. He also presented from 1996 to 2004 Network. Then he left for TwoTodaya bit later One today has come to be called. In 2006 and 2007 Van de Graaf presented the sixth and seventh series of Who is the mole?

An iconic television moment in Karel’s career is the fight that occurred in 1984 in his weekly talk show Karel. Bouterse opponent Paul Somohardjo was a guest in that broadcast about the Surinamese regime.

“Gentlemen, gentlemen!”

During the conversation, someone interfered with the conversation at the table, causing a fight. With the words “Gentlemen, gentlemen!” Van de Graaf tried to calm the men down. That didn’t work, and shortly after the brawl a shot was fired into the studio. The fragment became world news.

After 38 years, Van de Graaf retired from the AVRO in 2007. The reason was his appointment as communications director of an energy company. The AVRO was of the opinion that this position could not be combined with that of a presenter at the broadcaster. The severance payment of 544,000 euros that Van de Graaf received led to a parliamentary question from the PVV.

About the commotion that arose, Van de Graaf said: “These salaries belong to this world. Nothing compared to that of football players, a lot compared to that of my father, an unskilled metal worker.”

Van de Graaf had been ill for some time. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He died at home in the presence of his wife and children.

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