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Funding of Finnish State Broadcaster YLE to remain at the present level

Funding of Finnish State Broadcaster YLE to remain at the present level

Press release 15.09.2014 11.45 fi sv en

An index adjustment will not be made to the funding of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE; rather it will remain at the level for 2014. In practice this means that the so-called 'YLE tax' (public broadcasting tax) will remain unchanged.

On 15 September 2014, the government presented the Parliament with a proposal for a temporary amendment to the Act on the State Television and Radio Fund. The amendment applies to the year 2015.

Behind the proposal is an agreement made in the spring between the Chairmen of the Parliamentary Groups that, exceptionally, no index adjustment would be made because of the present financial situation. The proposal has been appended to the State Budget for 2015.

In 2014 the funding for YLE was about 508 million euros. It is intended that the amended Act will come into effect on 1 January 2015 and remain valid until the end of 2015.

Further Information
Ms Elina Normo, Senior Adviser, tel. +358 295 34 2463