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Atte Jääskeläinen, director of news and current affairs at Yle, resigns from his position

Atte Jääskeläinen, director of news, current affairs, sport and regional programming and executive editor-in-chief at Yle, resigns from his position.

Yle's Board of Directors and CEO, together with Jääskeläinen, have mutually agreed that Jääskeläinen resigns from his position at Yle as performing his tasks successfully no longer is possible. Jääskeläinen resigns from his position as director of news, current affairs, sport and regional programming and executive editor-in-chief with immediate effect.

Jääskeläinen resigns in connection with a several months lasting discussion about Yle and the independence of the Finnish Public Service Media company. The debate has very much focused on the editor in chief, Jääskeläinen.

The Board of Directors has appointed Marit af Björkesten, director of Svenska Yle, the acting director and executive editor-in-chief of news and current affairs starting from 1 June 2017. The process to find a successor for Jääskeläinen will be launched immediately. Editor-in-chief Riikka Venäläinen will act as a substitute executive editor-in-chief until the beginning of June.

Yle's Board of Directors discussed this matter at its meeting on 29 May. The Board of Directors emphasises that journalism at Yle must be built on truthful, relevant and diverse communication of information, also in the future. In its journalism, Yle is committed to its Code of Conduct regarding content and journalism and to the Guidelines for Journalists. Yle also remains committed to the Council for Mass Media.

“The Board of Directors values Jääskeläinen's work in promoting high-quality journalism. The purpose of this solution is to safeguard the preconditions of Yle's news operations and to ensure that Yle news can fully focus on its work,” says Thomas Wilhelmsson, chairman of Yle's Board of Directors.

“Atte Jääskeläinen has guided Yle's news operations for exactly ten years. He has developed the news organisation with a vision and steered its operations through digital changes. Yle news enjoys the full confidence of Finnish people. Under Jääskeläinen's leadership, Yle news has also become an international example,” says CEO Lauri Kivinen.

“I feel that Yle's role in society is more important than my role at Yle. My aim to lead Yle's news and current affairs on a road of responsible journalism has been under suspicion. I hope that this decision restores peace at Yle,” Atte Jääskeläinen says.

Atte Jääskeläinen started his career at Yle on 1 June 2007, and he has worked as director of news and current affairs and as executive editor-in-chief. Before joining Yle, Jääskeläinen worked as the editor-in-chief and managing director of the Finnish News Agency STT.

More information:
Lauri Kivinen, CEO, Yle, tel. +358 9 1480 5004