Programming licences for television broadcasting are available for application for a ten-year period beginning in 2017

FICORA invites applications for programming licences for television broadcasting subject to a licence for the period from 10 January 2017 to 10 January 2027. This application round covers programming licences for digital television and radio broadcasting as well as for public interest television operations. The application period for the programming licences ends on 21 March 2016.

In this application round, it is possible to apply for programming licences for digital television broadcasting within the entire broadcasting capacity of UHF and VHF networks to the extent that the capacity is not reserved for public service operation by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Ltd. The capacity of A and B multiplexes is primarily reserved for public service or public interest television operations. Programming licences other than public interest licences may be granted secondarily for these multiplexes.

The licence period of the current television programming licences ends on 9 January 2017 and new programming licences enter into force immediately after that. The new licences are valid until 10 January 2027 unless the applicant proposes a shorter validity period.

FICORA grants the licences if there is sufficient capacity. If there is not sufficient broadcasting capacity for all applicants or if granting a licence could have a significant effect on the general development of the communications market, the licence is granted by the Government. Regardless of the party granting the licences, the aim is to grant all programming licences by summer 2016.

See the invitation to apply

Further information

Henriikka Rosti, Legal Counsel, tel. +358 295 390 326

Markus Mettälä, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 439

FICORA's email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname@ficora.fi (replace the letters å, ä and ö with a, a and o respectively)

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