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Helsingin Sanomat clicks on digital maven as new editor

Kaius Niemi takes over at the helm of the daily, which has sailed stormy seas in recent months.

Kaius Niemi
Kaius Niemi Image: Yle

Finland’s largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, has named a new editor-in-chief. Kaius Niemi, aged 39, will take over the post on September 15.

At present, Niemi is editor-in-chief of both the tabloid Ilta-Sanomat and the online-only financial daily Taloussanomat. Niemi has also spent around 12 years at Helsingin Sanomat.

Sanoma Group CEO Harri-Pekka Kaukonen said on Tuesday that Niemi was selected largely due to his know-how in the digital sphere.

Niemi will share editorial duties with Riikka Venäläinen, who has edited the paper since May. That is when the previous editor-in-chief, Mikael Pentikäinen, was dismissed. In July, three top editors at the newspaper quit. Also in July, the newspaper said it would shut or sell its radio outlet, Radio Helsinki.

The new chief editor will also be responsible for commercial TV channel Nelonen’s news department, which was merged with Helsingin Sanomat's newsroom just under a year ago.

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