In the autumn of 2019, Yle will reform its activities by enhancing its content areas as well as the human resources and technology management. These changes will introduce new names to Yle’s Management Group.
Yle is carrying out operational changes so that it can serve Finns and Finnish society in the best possible way into the future.
“Yle’s duty is to provide meaningful content and services for every Finn. In implementing these changes, we want to ensure that we remain close to people’s everyday lives and create value for society. Society changes – and so must Yle. That’s why we’re endeavouring to enhance our activities, skills and working culture,” says Merja Ylä-Anttila, CEO.
A new unit, “Events, Sport and Operations”, will be charged with producing events in Finnish, creating concepts for them, providing sports content, and managing and planning Yle’s production resources. Yle’s Board of Directors has appointed Panu Pokkinen as Director of the new unit. He will also join the Management Group. Pokkinen is currently Head of Sport and Events in the News and Current Affairs unit.
Yle’s other Finnish media units are News and Current Affairs, and Creative Content. The distribution of tasks between them will also be specified.
The current Operations unit will become Technology and Development. It will handle Yle’s technological development, prepare and carry out technology investments, and maintain the functions and services of all platforms. Yle’s Board of Directors has appointed Janne Yli-Äyhö, previously Director of Operations, as director of the new unit.
Moreover, as a move to enhance the strategic role of company management, working culture and competence, Yle will concentrate all HR operations into one unit. The new unit will be headed by an HR Director, to be appointed through a recruitment process starting immediately. The HR Director will join the Management Group.
The changes are not expected to lead to personnel cuts.
Yle’s Board of Directors approved the organisational changes at its meeting in April. The new organisation will take effect in the autumn of 2019.