Minister opposes YLE financing from national budget

Finnish Minister of Defence Jyri Häkämies has rejected calls for financing the operations of the Finnish Broadcasting Company – YLE – from the national budget. YLE currently gets most of its revenue from television licence fees. “In the current economic situation I feel that it is unrealistic to find an extra 500 million euros a year for YLE. It would require tax increases, or a list of cuts. Nobody who is proposing budget financing of YLE has said where the money would come from,” Mr Häkämies said in a radio interview with YLE’s regional service in Kymenlaakso. Mr Häkämies is in favour of a model that would follow the lines put forward by a parliamentary committee, which recently unanimously proposed securing YLE financing with a special media fee, which would be paid by all households. A proposal for financing YLE from the state budget was put forward recently by Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén who, like Mr Häkämies, is from the moderate conservative National Coalition Party.

http://blogs.rnw.nl/medianetwork/minister-opposes-yle-financing-from-national-budget

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