FICORA grants programme licences

After the Information Society Code has entered into force, FICORA is responsible for granting long-term programme licences for television broadcasting and analogue radio broadcasting.

A programme licence for television broadcasting can be applied at any time if capacity for the preferred broadcasting operations is available. FICORA publishes the application it has received and lets other interested applicants to apply for the available programming capacity during a time period which lasts at least one month. FICORA grants programme licences if there is enough available capacity in television networks. If the capacity volume is not sufficient for all applicants, the decision is made by the Government.

FICORA continues to grant short-term programme licences for television broadcasting. A short-term licence can be applied for in such cases where the broadcasting operations do not last more than three months, or weekly operations do not last more than eight hours. A programme licence for operations lasting three months can be renewed at the earliest two months from the expiry of the previous licence. A programme licence for operations lasting no more than 8 hours per week can be granted for a maximum period of one year.

Television network licences for operations lasting more than 3 months are still granted by the Government and short-term network licences by FICORA.

Radio licences

The frequencies that are available for radio broadcasting are listed in FICORA Regulation 70. If new frequencies become available to be allocated for use, they are first added to the Regulation, after which FICORA announces the programme licences to be applied for. The application round is held at least twice a year if new frequencies can be allocated for long-term broadcasting operations. FICORA grants licences if there are enough available frequencies for all applicants. Otherwise, the decision is made by the Government.

A short-term licence is no longer required for radio broadcasting that lasts a maximum of three months. However, transmitters are always subject to a radio licence. With regard to consecutive operation periods, a new radio licence can be granted for the operations at the earliest two months from the expiry of the previous licence.

An application fee is charged for licence applications. Also, a holder of a long-term programme licence is obliged to pay an annual supervision fee.


Further information:

Kari Kangas, Senior Network Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 448
Suvi Juurakko-Lehikoinen, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 446


Read more about the application of a programme licence for television broadcasting (in Finnish)


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