Tallinn TV merging with Tallinn city office, Brussels office closing ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Tallinn City Government building at Vabaduse Väljak 7.
Tallinn City Government building at Vabaduse Väljak 7. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

On June 3, Tallinn City Government announced its first stage of improving the city's system. Tallinn Television (TTV) will stop being a separate foundation and will move under the city office's remit.

With the first stage of improving the city system, the network of the foundations and companies in Tallinn will be rationalized, Mayor of Tallinn, Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) said.

TTV ceased its free broadcasting last year and started to cooperate with the private sector in producing output. As its next step, Tallinn city media editorial offices will be united to create a cross-media effect and a new editorial office will be created, the city government says.

Kõlvart said that the result wil be savings and an increase in quality. "Primarily, these are costs related to leading: The board and council. TTV's editors will manage, and there doesn't need to be a separate foundation. TTV will merge with the Tallinn city office," Kõlvart said.

Tallinn city itself will lose its office in Brussels, which means that the representative Allan Alakülla will be invited back. "A special office in Brussels is not necessary - office space, apartment, and a separate structure unit need to be kept up. This is not reasonable, and these tasks can be carried out via the current structural units," Kõlvart said.

Kõlvart said that Tallinn is represented in the EU without a separate office. "We are working together with different cities, funds, EU organizations," he noted.

In addition, the Tallinn development and training center will be abolished, and its functions will be transferred to the city government's external relations department. According to Kõlvart, there is no need for a separate foundation for trainings and foreign projects.

City company AS Termak, which organizes regular transport of disabled people, will also be abolished. Termak's duties will be merged with AS Tallinn Tallinn's City Transport (Linnatransport). "Here we also see savings opportunities at the expense of both management and connection. The main goal is the quality of the service, in the future also the replacement and modernization of transport units," Kõlvart said.

TTV itself stopped broadcasting last October, but its content is still carried by commercial cable channels. TTV had broadcast nationwide and not just in the capital.

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