Fleur Launspach and Heleen D’Haens will be the new correspondents for the NOS in the United Kingdom and Italy respectively. Launspach succeeds Tim de Wit (London) and D’Haens succeeds Mustafa Marghadi in Rome.
“With Fleur and Heleen, we are once again getting two relatively young, but very talented correspondents”, says Marcel Gelauff, editor-in-chief of NOS Nieuws. According to Gelauff, in their locations in London and Rome, they can bring two “quirky European capitals with their own culture even closer, on all platforms of the NOS”.
The 31-year-old Launspach already supported the current NOS correspondent Tim de Wit in the United Kingdom last year. She has now been working in London for two years as a freelancer, including for news channels Al Jazeera English and NBC News. For the KRO-NCRV series After the Blow Launspach produced a documentary about the Grenfell Tower fire.
Her correspondentship will start in July. She looks forward to reporting “a country reinventing itself post-Brexit”.
Heleen D’Haens (28) started at NOS six years ago. In recent years, as a member of the foreign editorial team, she has made items for the NOS Journaal, worked together with correspondents on reports and wrote articles for the NOS site. In recent years she has also made youth documentaries about children’s rights in Eastern Europe and Africa for the EO series Human rights.
She also recently traveled to the US for the presidential elections and was on Lesvos when the Moria refugee camp burned down.
“As a journalist, you notice how important it is to be where your story takes place,” says D’Haens, who will start in Rome in August. She is looking forward to an exciting correspondent. “The fact that the Netherlands often looks critically at Italy, for example at the way European money is spent there, makes the correspondence there even more important and interesting.”