Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) is Finland's national public service broadcasting company. Yle operates four national television channels as well as six radio channels and services complemented by over 20 regional radio programmes.
In 2014, Yle's share of daily television viewing was 44 per cent. Yle Radio Suomi also kept its position as dominant market leader and Yle's radio listening was 52 per cent. Yle programmes and content reach 100 per cent of Finnish people yearly.
The company is 99.9 per cent state-owned and supervised by an Administrative Council appointed by Parliament, and operates under the Act on Yleisradio Oy.
The company is responsible for the provision of comprehensive television and radio programming with the related additional and extra services for all citizens under equal conditions. These and other content services related to public service may be provided in all telecommunications networks. The public service programming shall in particular:
1. Support democracy and everyone’s opportunity to participate by providing a wide variety of information, opinions and debates as well as opportunities to interact;
2. Produce, create, develop and maintain Finnish culture, art and inspiring entertainment;
3. Take educational and equality aspects into consideration in the programmes, provide an opportunity to learn and study, give focus on programming for children and young people, and offer devotional programmes;
4. Treat in its broadcasting Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking citizens on equal grounds and produce services in the Sami, Romany, and sign languages as well as, where applicable, in the languages of other language groups in the country;
5. Support tolerance and multiculturalism and provide programming for minority and special groups;
6. Promote cultural interaction and provide programming directed abroad; and
7. Broadcast official announcements, for which further provisions shall be issued by decree, and make provisions for television and radio broadcasting in exceptional circumstances.