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YLE

Broadcasting network
TypeBroadcast radio, television and online
CountryFinland
AvailabilityNational
International
Founded1926 radio
1958 television
SloganOne Word. A Thousand Stories.
Market share44.3% of Finnish television viewers and 50% of radio listeners (2005)
Owner99.9% state-owned, supervised by an Administrative Council appointed by Parliament
Key peopleCEO Lauri Kivinen
Launch dateSeptember 9, 1926

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The Finnish Broadcasting Company ( , ), abbreviated to YLE (pronounced acronymously in Finnish), is Finland's national broadcasting company, founded in 1926. YLE is a public-broadcasting organization which shares many of its characteristics with its British counterpart, the BBC, on which it was largely modelled. It employs around 3,200 people in Finland.

YLE is a public limited company, owned by the Finnish state (with a 99.98 % share). It is funded primarily (90%) through a television fee, allocated by the cabinet, which is between -208.15 and -215.4 per year, as well as through private television broadcasting license fees. YLE has a status that could be described as that of a non-departmental public body. It is governed by a parliamentary governing council. YLE's turnover in 2006 was 383.5 million euro.

Today YLE operates four national television channels, 13 radio channels and services, and 25 regional radio stations. Finland being an officially bilingual country — around 5.5% of the population have Swedish as their mother-tongue — YLE provides radio and TV programming in Swedish through a department called Svenska YLE. As is customary in Finnish television and cinemas, foreign films and shows are generally subtitled on YLE's channels. Dubbing is used exclusively in cartoons intended for young children who have not yet learned to read.

In the field of international broadcasting, one of YLE's best known services is Nuntii Latini, the news in Latin, which is broadcast worldwide and made available over the Internet. YLE was also one of 23 founding broadcasting organisations of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950. YLE hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland.


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