A Dutch broadcaster is standing by its decision to air a reality show in which a terminally ill woman selects a recipient for her kidneys from three contestants.

Some parliaments members have called the programme, to be broadcast this week, 'wretched' and unethical.

On 'The Big Donor' this Friday, a 37-year-old woman will choose from three people with kidney problems.

Her choice will be based on the contestants' history, profile and conversations with their families and friends.

Viewers will be able to send text messages advising her during the 80-minute show.

'The chance for a kidney for the contestants is 33%. This is much higher than that for people on a waiting list. You would expect it to be better but it is worse," said BNN Chairman Laurens Drillich.

BNN says it wants to highlight the difficulties faced by kidney sufferers in getting donor organs as a tribute to BNN founder Bart de Graaff who died of kidney failure five years ago, despite several transplants.