At present, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and humanists all have airtime on Dutch television, proportionate to their size. The Catholic broadcasting includes Sunday Masses, news features and a popular dating programme, "Farmer Seeks a Wife". The minister's letter said "small faith and philosophy broadcasters" would no longer be eligible for subsidies, a decision that would affect the Jewish broadcaster, the Roman-Catholic network and possibly a few others. 

The Catholic bishop of Roermond, Frans Wiertz, was fizzing with fury at the prospect of losing this lucrative perk. "Religion is private – that's a view we've heard more and more in recent years. The current cabinet is now trying to put this view into action."