Yle is mainly state-owned, and its operation is financed by Public broadcasting tax. The maximum amount of this tax is €140 per year. The money will be directed into a special radio and television fund. The collected sum will be progressive and specific for each taxpayer, and it will no longer be tied to the ownership of a television set.
The financing model is to be adopted in the beginning of 2013. The replaces the earlier licence fee method that has been used for more than 80 years. The Finnish Broadcasting Company began operations in 1926, and a radio licence was adopted a year later to finance the service. A television licence was added in 1958 with the launch of regular television broadcasting. The radio licence was discarded in 1977.