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Yle in a nutshell

The PBI conference for 2019 is being hosted in Helsinki by Yle, the Finnish public service broadcasting company.

Yle (short for Yleisradio, the public broadcaster’s name in Finnish) operates four television channels and three channel slots as well as six radio channels and services complemented by over 20 regional radio programmes. Yle also has the most extensive and varied online selection of television and radio programmes in the country.

Woman with earphones at work in an outside production van.
Woman with earphones at work in an outside production van. Picture by: Yle Kuvapalvelu / Jussi Nahkuri Yle,yleläisiä
The TV link tower in Helsinki. Behind it a blue skies with white clouds.
The TV link tower in Helsinki. Behind it a blue skies with white clouds. Yle,Pasilan linkkitorni,pbi2019

In 2019, Yle reaches 96 per cent of people in Finland every week. Yle TV1 has been the most popular television channel in the country for many years, and Yle Radio Suomi is the most popular radio channel. Read more about Yle's value to the public.

Yle’s online media service, Yle Areena, was established in 2007 and has maintained and developed its standing even in the face of increasingly intense competition. It is still the most popular and valued media service of its kind in Finland, as well as being a global pioneer.

Surveys show that Yle is widely considered a reliable source of news and current affairs. The broadcaster plays a major role in producing and presenting programmes dealing with the arts, educational programmes and children's programmes. Yle’s services to the public also cover special and minority groups.

White and turquoise Yle flags against a blue sky.
White and turquoise Yle flags against a blue sky. Yle,pbi2019
Ylen kuvaaja tallentaa miesten 3000 metrin estejuoksua yleisurheilun Eliittikisoissa kesäkuussa 2010.
Ylen kuvaaja tallentaa miesten 3000 metrin estejuoksua yleisurheilun Eliittikisoissa kesäkuussa 2010. Picture by: Jyrki Valkama / Yle Eliittikisat,yleisurheilu,yleläisiä

The company is 99.9 per cent state-owned and supervised by an administrative council appointed by the Finnish Parliament and is regulated under the Act on Yleisradio Oy.

  • A publicly owned public service broadcasting company, funded by a special tax since January 2013.
  • The chief executive is Merja Ylä-Anttila
  • Yle's operations are governed by the Act on Yleisradio Oy (Finnish Broadcasting Company)
  • Turnover in 2018 was EUR 471.6 million
  • 2,811 permanent employees (2018).
  • Four television channels and three channel slots, also available as simultaneously broadcast HD channels
  • Six nationwide radio channels and three radio services
  • The country’s most extensive and varied online selection of television and radio programmes
  • 24 regional radio stations and regional news from ten districts
  • Services to the public also cater to special interest and minority groups
  • Registered office in Pasila, Helsinki
  • Reaches 96 per cent of the population weekly and 79 per cent dailys

You can read more about Yle on its website.