New television programme licences issued

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 30.9.2010 13.52
Press release

The Government has reached a decision on the granting of four new television programme licences for multiplexes B, C and E. The licences will be valid until the end of 2016. The Government decided on the matter on 30 September.

URHOtv Oy was granted a licence for sports television broadcasting in multiplex B which can be viewed throughout the country. With this decision, URHOtv, having earlier broadcasted in the cable network and on the Internet, will permanently move to the antenna network. Its coverage area will be the widest among pay-TV channels.

MTV Corporation was granted a licence for multiplex C for broadcasting CANAL+ Sport2, a pay-TV channel. With the decision, the coverage area of the channel will remain the same as now.

Two licences were granted for multiplex E. These were obtained by SBS Finland Oy and Sanoma Television Ltd.

The Voice TV by SBS is a free channel focusing on musical entertainment, while Sanoma Television will launch a new pay-TV theme channel entitled 'Nelonen Maailma'.

At the same time, the licence of Family Channel Oy's SuomiTV was changed so that the channel can be viewed throughout the country. This change takes place because SuomiTV will transfer from multiplex E to multiplex A, and it will not affect the current reception of transmissions.

Further information:

Asta Virtaniemi, Director of the Media and Communications Services Unit, tel. +358 9 160 28626 or +358 40 519 6762, Elina Normo, Senior Adviser, tel. +358 9 160 28463 or +358 40 765 7887