Ad van Liempt (born in 1949) has been special professor of Television Investigative Journalism within the Cross-media Quality Journalism research group since 2006. He has acted as chief editor for various current affairs programmes and topical in-depth productions for television. In early 2000, Van Liempt was made editor of the history programme Andere Tijden (‘Other Times’), which won the prestigious 2001 Nipkow award and a Golden Statue in 2004. Ad van Liempt concluded his career in broadcasting with the nine-part documentary series De Oorlog (‘The War’) in the autumn of 2009.
He has been a member of the Supervisory Board at the National Historical Museum in Arnhem since March 2009. He is also a board member of Stichting De Volkskrant, a member of the supervisory board of FC Utrecht, a member of the Advisory Board of the NIOD and the editor of Achilles, the magazine about sports history.
In addition to his work for television, Van Liempt has written a number of books, including Het Journaal (2005) (‘The News’), a history of the first fifty years of television news in public broadcasting. On 22 June 2007 he published a public lecture entitled ‘Probeer het eens met de waarheid‘ (‘Try telling the truth’). His most recently published books are: Sportlegendes (‘Sports Legends’) (2012), De jacht op het verzet (‘The hunt for the Resistance’) (2013) and De drogist (‘The Pharmacist’) (2013).
Investigative Journalism in television
Within the research group, Van Liempt’s research area is ‘Investigative Journalism in television’. Investigative journalism has come under strong pressure in recent years because of shrinking budgets, fierce competition and a shift to different types of television culture, such as ‘emotion television’. Television is still the most influential medium for news and opinion, but will this remain the case? From a historical comparative perspective, what is the role of television as a mass medium and what is the role of investigative journalism in television against the background of an ever-changing media landscape?
As a special professor, Van Liempt plays a key role in translating demands from professional practice into new research proposals.