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How Yle works

Yle operates four television channels on three national channel slots, six national FM radio channels complemented by over 20 regional radio programmes and three radio services.

The television channels are Yle TV1, Yle TV2, Yle Teema and Yle Fem.

The television channel slots are Yle TV1, Yle TV2 and Yle Teema & Fem. They are available also in HD format.

The radio channels are Yle Radio 1, Yle Radio Suomi, YleX, Yle Vega, Yle X3M and Yle Puhe. Radio services are Yle Klassinen, Yle Mondo and Yle Sámi Radio.

Yle Klassinen (Yle Classic) is a digital classical music channel from Helsinki, Finland. It operates 24 hours a day and can be listened to over the Internet everywhere in the world.

Yle Mondo is a multilingual radio channel. Most of the programming comes from select international radio services. Yle produces a service in Russian and news in English as well as news in plain Finnish, a simplified form of Finnish for easier understanding.

The websites are yle.fi, svenska.yle.fi, Yle Areena and Elävä Arkisto media archive.

Organisational chart of Yle in 2017
Organisational chart of Yle in 2017 organisaatio,graafit,2017

Organisation and The Management Group

Yle is governed by its Administrative Council, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. The Management Group is responsible for operative management.

Yle's organisation consists of a Media unit, three content units, and an Operations unit. The joint operations are HR, Finance, Strategy, Legal Affairs and Communications.

CEO

Chief Executive Officer is Lauri Kivinen.

Lauri Kivinen
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Lauri Kivinen (b. 1961)
CEO

Education: Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration
Main position: CEO, 2010–present

Key work experience: Head of Corporate Affairs at Nokia Siemens Networks and Chairman of the German administrative council in Munich in 2007–2010; various positions in the communication and corporate affairs departments of Nokia between 1988 and 2006 in Helsinki, Geneva and Brussels

Key positions of trust: Yle Pension Fund, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2012–; member of the Advisory Board on Language Affairs, 2012–2015; PALTA ry, member of the Board of Directors, 2011–present

Media unit

The Media unit is responsible for the general planning of the Yle programme operations, the profiling of the publication channels, and the general coordination of content in television, radio, and in yle.fi.

The Media unit includes the management of the television, radio, and online publications, as well as channel-specific editors, marketing, research, international programme acquisitions, programming operations, and Yle's archive.

Director of Media is Ismo Silvo.

Ismo Silvo
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Ismo Silvo (b. 1958)
Director, Media

Education: Doctor of Political Sciences
Main position: Director, Media, 2012–present
Member of the Management Group since 2005.

Key work experience at Yle: Chief Operating Officer in 2011–2012; Strategy and Development Director in 2005–2010; Director of Programmes, Yle TV1 and Yle Teema in 2002–2005; Director of Programmes, Yle Teema in 2000–2002; Controller of Strategic Planning in 1997–2000; Executive Director of the European Audiovisual Observatory in 1993–1997; Head of the Research and Development Department in 1990–1993; Head of Training Institute in 1988–1990; Expert in strategic planning in 1985–1988; Audience researcher in 1982–1985.

Key positions of trust: EBU, Eurovision Operations Council, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2009–2015; National Library of Finland, Member of the Executive Management Team, 2014– present; Communications Centre of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Committee Member, 2012–2016.

News and Current Affairs unit

The News and Current Affairs unit is responsible for the Yle news, sports, and current affairs content, regional operations, and content development for all media.

The Acting Director of News and Current Affairs is Marit af Björkesten.

Marit Af Björkesten
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Marit af Björkesten (b. 1970)
Acting Director, News and Current Affairs

Education: Master of Political Sciences
Main position: Acting Director, News and Current Affairs, 2017–
Member of the Management Group since 2012.

Key work experience: Director of Swedish Yle 2012–2017, Hufvudstadsbladet associate editor-in-chief and editorial writer in 2009–2012, News editor, culture and arts, in 2003–2009, News producer in 2002–2003, News reporter, editor and sports reporter in 1997–2002; Editor-in-chief, monthly magazine MIX, in 1993–1996

Key positions of trust: Chair of Nordvision, network of the Nordic public service media companies 2016–present; Nordvision fund board member 2013-present; Delegation for Swedish Affairs at the University of Helsinki, member 2010–present.

Creative Content unit

The Creative Content unit includes all content in Finnish, such as factual programmes, science and education, culture, drama, entertainment, popular culture, children, youth, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The Creative Content unit is responsible for the content and development of these Finnish language genres. Unit is also resposible of international co-productions and partnerships.

Director of Creative Content is Ville Vilén.

Ville Vilén
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Ville Vilén (b. 1963)
Creative Director

Education: Master of Arts in Education
Main position: Creative Director, Creative Content, 2011–present
Member of the Management Group since 2006.

Key work experience: Director of Programming at Yle, Yle Vision (director of Yle's radio strategy and new services; responsible for children's programmes, youth programmes, popular music, popular culture, entertainment) in 2006–2010; Director of Programming, Radio Suomi in 2005–2006; Director of Programming, YleQ in 2004–2005; Director of Programming, YleX in 2003–2005; Head of Music, Radiomafia in 1998–2003; freelance editor, Länsi-Savo in 1995–1998; comprehensive school teacher, Savonlinna in 1991–1992; editor, Radiomafia and Radio Savonmaa in 1990–1998

Key positions of trust: Savonlinna Opera Festival, council member, 2015–present; Nose Day Foundation, member of the Board of Directors, 2012–present; Helsinki Music Centre, member of the Board of Directors, 2011–present; Pori Jazz, member of the Board of Directors, 2008–present

Swedish Yle unit

The Swedish Yle unit includes the development of the Swedish language content, as well as the planning and publication of chart and channel profiles for the Swedish language media.

The Acting Director of Swedish Yle is Johanna Törn-Mangs.

Johanna Törn-Mangs
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Johanna Törn-Mangs (b. 1970)
Acting Director, Svenska Yle

Education: M.Sc., Economics
Main position: Acting Director, Swedish Yle, 2017-
Member of the Management Group since 2017.

Key work experience: Head of Media at Swedish Yle 2017, US Correspondent for Yle 2016-2017, Web producer at Swedish Yle 2014-2016, Head of Online at Swedish Yle 2012-2014, Head of Digital Media at KSF Media 2010-2012, Managing Editor of News, Managing Editor of Business News, Web producer, Economics reporter at Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper 2003-2010, Foreign correspondent in Stockholm, Sweden, for Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper 2000-2002, Managing Editor of Sunday section at Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper 1997-2000, Crime reporter and reporter 1995-1997.

Operations unit

The Operations unit is responsible for Yle's programme production as well as the management of the service operations related to the production, technology, and premises as one service matrix.

Director of Operations is Janne Yli-Äyhö.

Janne Yli-Äyhö
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Janne Yli-Äyhö (b. 1963)
Director, Operations

Education: Master of Sciences in Engineering
Main position: Director, Operations, 2012–present
Member of the Management Group since 2012.

Key work experience: TeliaSonera, vice president, strategy and broadband innovations in 2011–2012, senior vice president, product development in 2007–2011, senior vice president, sales and marketing in 2006–2007, senior vice president, consumer service and systems in 2005–2006, senior vice president, products and services in 2002–2005, senior vice president, consumer services in 2002; senior vice president, Sonera Source in 2001–2002; vice president, venture capital operations, Silicon Valley in 1999–2001, vice president, corporate and home solutions in 1998–1999, vice president, domestic call services in 1996–1997, business controller in 1991–1995

Key positions of trust: EBU Operations Council, member of the Board of Directors, 2015–present; Yle Pension Fund, member of the Board of Directors, 2014–present; Plattco Oy, member of the Board of Directors, 2013–present; Forum Virium, member of the Board of Directors, Helsinki, 2014–present

Joint operations

The joint operations plan and coordinate the development and general use of the Yle resources in order to achieve the objectives defined in the strategy.

HR

Henkilökuva, Teijo Valtanen katsoo kohti
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Teijo Valtanen (b. 1965)
HR Director

Education: Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration
Main position: HR Director, 2013–present
Member of the Management Group since 2013.

Key work experience: Head of regional broadcasting and current affairs programmes in radio at Yle in 2011–2013; Managing editor of domestic news at Yle in 2009–2010; Managing editor of business news at Yle in 2009; Head of communications at the Federation of Finnish Financial Services in 2006–2009; Managing editor, media services and refined news services at Suomen Tietotoimisto in 2004–2006; News editor at Kauppalehti in 2003–2004; Scandinavian correspondent for MTV3 and Aamulehti in 2001–2003; Managing director of Suomen Uutislinkki Oy in 1999–2001; Journalist, economic news, Suomen Uutisvirta Oy in 1996–1999; Journalist, economic news, MTV News in 1995–1996; Journalist, economic news, Helsingin Sanomat in 1989–1995

Key positions of trust: Etera, member of the negotiation committee for employers and entrepreneurs, 2016–present; Yle Pension Fund, member of the Board of Directors, 2013–present

Finance

Henkilökuva, Maisa Hyrkkänen katsoo kohti
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Maisa Hyrkkänen (b. 1964)
CFO

Education: Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration
Main position: CFO, 2014–present
Member of the Management Group since 2014.

Key work experience: Integration manager, strategic projects at Nets Oy in 2013; CFO at Luottokunta in 2003–2013; Head of Business support at Nordea Securities Plc in 2003, Controller in 2000–2003; Controller at eQ Online Corporation Oy in 1999–2000; Vice president, Assistant Vice President and Expert at Nordea Bank Plc in 1988–1999

Key positions of trust: Danske Invest Rahastoyhtiö Oy, member of the Board of Directors, 2014–present

Strategy

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Gunilla Ohls (b. 1956)
Director of Strategy

Education: Master of Science in Economics, Department of Economics, Hanken School of Economics
Main position: Director of Strategy, 2011–present
Member of the Management Group since 2011.

Key work experience: Director of programmes, Swedish Yle at Yle in 2006–2010; Director of Programming, Yle FST in 2002–2005; Operational Controller, SVT Nyheter och Sport at Sveriges Television in 2000–2002; Editor-in-chief, Finnish editors, in 1997–2000

Key positions of trust: Yle Pension Fund, deputy member of the Board of Directors, 2013–present; mentor in Diamanten network of women leaders 2016–2017

Legal Affairs

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Katri Olmo (b. 1959)
Director of Legal Affairs

Education: Bachelor of Laws
Main position: Director of Legal Affairs, 2011–present
Member of the Management Group since 2011.

Key work experience: Head of Legal Affairs at Yle in 2006–2010, Head of HR affairs in 2004–2005, legal counsel in 2003–2004, HR legal counsel in 1997–2002, legal counsel in 1991–1997

Key positions of trust: Helsinki Music Centre, member of the Board of Directors, 2011–present

Responsible editors

According to the Act on the Exercise of Freedom of Expression in Mass Media a responsible editor shall be designated for a network publication and a programme.

Responsible editor's duty is to direct and supervise editorial work. When there is doubt about the interpretation of the ethical guidelines, the responsible editor makes the necessary decisions.

Marit af Björkesten, Acting Director, News and Current Affairs

  • Executive Editor-in-Chief in news, current affairs, sports and regional content in Finnish, as well as news and current affairs programmes as well as related content in English, Russian and sign language.

Johanna Törn-Mangs, Acting Director, Swedish Yle

  • Responsible editor in Swedish Yle's content modules.

Ville Vilén, Director, Creative Content

  • Responsible editor in children, youth, learning, culture, drama, factual, entertainment and music events, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Ismo Silvo, Director, Media

  • Responsible editor in content other than those listed above in all media (TV, radio, Internet).

Maria Saijets, Head of Sami Radio (from 5th Sept 2016 to 30th Sept 2017)

  • Responsible editor in programmes in Sami language.

Devotional programmes:

  • in Finnish: Kimmo Saares, Communications Centre, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
  • in Swedish: Lucas Snellman, Church Center for Work in Swedish
  • in Sámi language: Erva Niittyvuopio, The Chapter of the Diocese of Oulu