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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.

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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, Communicational and Strategic Functions as well as Financial and Personnel Services.

CEO

Chief Executive Officer is Merja Ylä-Anttila.

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Merja Ylä-Anttila (b. 1960)
CEO

Education: Undergraduate, Political Science, University of Helsinki
Main position: CEO, 2018–
Member of the Management Group since 2018.

Key work experience: CEO of Mediahub Helsinki Oy 2015–2018, Head of News and Current Affairs of MTV Oy 2001–2018, Deputy of CEO of MTV Oy 2012–2015, Deputy Head of News, News of MTV Oy 1998–2001, Managing Editor of MTV Oy 1996–1998, Political Editor of MTV Oy 1994–1996, Political Reporter of MTV Oy 1986–1994, Reporter of MTV Oy 1984–1986

Key positions of trust: Finnish News Agency, STT, member of the Board of Directors 2013–2018; Save the Children Finland, member of the Board of Directors 2011–2018; Bonnier Grand Prize in Journalism, Jury Chairman 2004–2018; Guild of Finnish Editors, Vice Chairman of the Board 2011–2017; Tammi Publishers, member of the Board of Directors 2006–2011; Oy Suomen Uutisradio Ab, member of the Board of Directors 2006–2015.

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.

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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.

Director of News and Current Affairs is Jouko Jokinen.

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Jouko Jokinen (b. 1959)
Director, News and Current Affairs

Education: Bachelor of Arts
Main position: Director, News and Current Affairs, 2017–
Member of the Management Group since 2017.

Key work experience: Editor-in-chief of Aamulehti 2010–2017, editor-in-chief and publisher of Satakunnan Kansa 2005–2010, sports, economy and culture journalist, Duty manager of News and Managing Editor in Helsingin Sanomat 1984–2001.

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 Director of Swedish Yle is Marit af Björkesten.

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Marit af Björkesten (b. 1970)
Director, Svenska Yle

Education: Master of Political Sciences
Main position: Director, Svenska Yle, 2012–
Member of the Management Group since 2012.

Key work experience: 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.

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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

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.

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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: Cinia Group Oy, member of the Board of Directors, 2017–present, 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.

Financial and Personnel Services

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Maisa Hyrkkänen (b. 1964)
Director of Financial and Personnel Services

Education: Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration
Main position: Director of Financial and Personnel Services 2018–
Member of the Management Group since 2014.

Key work experience: CFO of Yleisradio Oy 2014–2017; 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 Kiinnitysluottopankki Oyj, member of the Board of Directors 2017–present, Yleisradion eläkesäätiö, member of the Board of Directors 2016–present, Danske Invest Rahastoyhtiö Oy, member of the Board of Directors, 2014–present

HR, Communicational and Strategic Functions

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Gunilla Ohls (b. 1956)
Director of HR, Communicational and Strategic Functions

Education: Master of Science in Economics, Department of Economics, Hanken School of Economics
Main position: Director of HR, Communicational and Strategic Functions 2018–
Member of the Management Group since 2011.

Key work experience: Director of Strategy of Yleisradio Oy 2011–2017; Director of programmes, Swedish Yle 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

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.

Jouko Jokinen, 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.

Marit af Björkesten, 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).

Maiju Saijets, Head of Department, Yle Sápmi

  • 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