Topical 23.05.2012 14.47
The Finnish Minister of Housing and Communications, Krista Kiuru, has presented the Government’s draft strategy for the future of television. For television viewers, perhaps the most important news is that under the strategy, it would be possible to use traditional television sets for receiving programmes of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and the principal commercial channels until 2026.
Two of the television multiplexes would be allocated to YLE and the principal commercial channels. One of the two multiplexes would continue broadcasting using existing technology until 2026, while most of the other multiplexes would switch to high-definition technology in 2017.
The aim of the Communications Policy Programme for Electronic Media is to guarantee the quality and diversity of television and radio programmes and to ensure that domestic content production will remain at least at present levels. This would be ensured by imposing requirements on the principal commercial channels concerning programmes in domestic languages.