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Iisalmen Sanomat: Former HS chief proposes alliance between Yle and newspapers

According to Mikael Pentikäinen, former Senior Editor-in-Chief of Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish newspapers will not survive without co-operation with Yle.

Mikael Pentikäinen.
Former HS chief Mikael Pentikäinen. Image: YLE

Pentikäinen, who in May was abruptly fired from his position at the helm of Finland’s biggest daily newspaper, encourages papers to work together with Yle. The ex-chief editor aired his views in an interview with the Northern Savo paper Iisalmen Sanomat.

Finnish papers will not be able to survive the massive structural changes that the media field is currently undergoing, Pentikäinen says. In his view, closer co-operation between the national broadcasting company and newspapers is necessary in order to maintain comprehensive national and regional media-coverage.

Working with Yle would bring sorely needed resources into journalistic work at a time when newspapers are struggling with economic problems, Pentikäinen says.

Unholy alliances

Iisalmen Sanomat writes that considering the long history of disputes between Yle and news publishers, the former newspaper chief’s views are radical. Pentikäinen himself has been a vocal critic of Yle taking over the market.

“We need unholy alliances when media is undergoing great changes. Media houses need to follow the times, because conditions are getting more and more difficult all the time," says Pentikäinen.

Yle is open to all kinds of suggestions aimed at strengthening the Finnish media field, commented Atte Jääskeläinen, head of  news and current affairs at the national broadcaster. Jääskeläinen says that Yle is interested in newspaper publishers’ responses to Pentikäinen’s proposal.  

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