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RTL reveals new face of Zwarte Piet ahead of Sinterklaas season - Sinter Klaas, Sinterklaas, Piet, Actors, New Face, Photo, New Look, Face, Captain Hat

Commercial broadcaster RTL is dropping blackface actors from its Sinterklaas programmes this year. Instead Zwarte Piet, the saint’s traditional sidekick, will bear black soot marks on his face to show he has climbed down the chimney. The broadcaster said the new look reflected changing times while remaining ‘very faithful to the story’. ‘It’s a Piet who is faithful to Dutch tradition without being offensive,’ a spokesman told NPO Radio 1. RTL insisted in a statement that it was not taking...