Finland’s public broadcaster YLE to focus more on indie drama

The public broadcaster in Finland, YLE, is hoping to put more of a focus on new Finnish television drama between 2017 and 2020.

YLE, or Yleisradio Oy is the national public-broadcasting company, having been founded in 1926 and owned by the Finnish state. It shares a lot of organisational characteristics with the BBC, on which it was largely modelled.

An extra €20 million will be allocated towards this new initiative.

The decision comes from recommendations from a Parliamentary working group. The announcement came last week as part of a reshuffling of the company and an attempt for YLE to adapt to the changing media habits.

The goal over the next four years is not to widen the range of drama series produced and commissioned. Hopefully this means many more exciting Finnish series to come to international screens!

Info via Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.