Factual programmes and entertainment dominate Finnish TV

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 11.7.2012 12.10
News item

The three major programme groups in Finnish television in 2011 were factual programmes (35%), entertainment (23%) and foreign fiction (18%).

The order of the largest programme groups has remained the same for several years. In 2011, 40 per cent of television programming was produced in Finland.

The findings are based on the study Finnish Television Programming 2011 commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The study focused on nation-wide, free-to-air TV channels. The amount of programming provided by 12 channels in 2011 was an average of 1199 hours per week or more than 168 programme hours per 24 hours.

The programming has become somewhat more focused when compared to the previous year. A clear division of labour is being negotiated between channels, and a different emphasis in programming is given to channels within companies.

"The diversity and quality of programming has been secured with decisions in the field of communication policy. The amount of broadcasting capacity in use at the moment is much larger than at the turn of the millennium, and the choice of programming available to viewers has grown significantly," explains Minister of Housing and Communications Krista Kiuru.