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NRC Handelsblad, often abbreviated to NRC, is a daily evening newspaper published in the Netherlandsmarker by PCM Uitgevers. The broadsheet was created on October 1, 1970 from merger of the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (New Rotterdam Paper) and Algemeen Handelsblad (General Commerce Paper). In 2006 a tabloid, nrc•next, was launched. In 2007 the circulation of NRC Handelsblad was 244,099 Monday to Friday and 270,189 on Saturday.


NRC Handelsblad started on October 1, 1970, after a merger of the Amsterdammarker newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad (founded 1828 by J.W. van den Biesen) and the Rotterdammarker Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (founded 1844 by Henricus Nijgh). The paper's motto is Lux et Libertas – Light (referring to the Age of Enlightenment) and Freedom.

The circulation was 242,950 in 2004 (against 265,000 in 2002). The total circulation of Dutch newspapers was 4,013,547 in 2004.

In February 2006 NRC Handelsblad started a smaller, morning newspaper, nrc•next, to attract educated readers who don't read a newspaper every day. Editor Folkert Jensma was succeeded on 12 December 2006, by Birgit Donker.NRC Handelsblad 12 December 2006 page 21 Tegenwicht aan Trivialisering: Birgit Donker benoemd tot hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad

"Birgit Donker is de nieuwe hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad, en De raad van bestuur van PCM heeft haar vandaag benoemd.

Rotterdam, 12 December Birgit Donker (41) is de opvolger van Folkert Jensma als hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad."


Sinds 2001 the typeface Lexicon designed by Bram de Does is used for the newspaper. De Does designed a special version to be used for the large headlines.


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