Tallinn TV to cease operations on September 10

TTV logo.
TTV logo. Source: Rene Suurkaev/ERR

The City of Tallinn is closing down the operations of SA Tallinna Televisioon on September 10, and will merge TTV with its joint city media editorial staff. Board member Revo Raudjärv was appointed liquidator of the foundation and will be paid a monthly salary of €3,700.

According to a bill submitted to Tallinn City Council by Tallinn city government, staff from TTV will begin working as part of the joint city media editorial staff, and production of the same programs will continue.

TTV board member Revo Raudjärv was appointed liquidator of the foundation and will be paid a monthly salary of €3,700, equal to a board member's current salary. The liquidator will continue to receive a salary until the foundation is deleted from the business register, but not longer than six months beginning from the date liquidation begins, i.e. September 10,2020.

The foundation's assets, contracts in course of performance as well documents and programming archive will be transferred to the Tallinn City Office.

In 2019, the City of Tallinn allocated a total of nearly €5.5 million in support to the foundation, €1.63 million of which was targeted support for the restructuring of the TV station's operations at the end of 2019. Another €2.3 million in support for the foundation was earmarked for 2020.

In 2020, TTV is broadcasting the program "Tallinna uudised" ("Tallinn News") on weekdays via paid airtime on TV6 and TV3, and the program "Tallinna panoraam" ("Panorama of Tallinn") on Sundays via paid airtime on Kanal 11 and Kanal 2. TV3 airs the debate program "Tallinna kodanikud" ("Citizens of Tallinn") every Wednesday. The foundation is also producing news using its own resources for its own online portal.

SA Tallinna Televisioon was founded with a 2009 decision of Tallinn City Council. Tallinn TV stopped broadcasting as a free-to-air (FTA) station last October.

Tallinn City Council must confirm the ceasing of operations of Tallinn TV.

Disbanding TTV is part of a broader plan to optimize Tallinn municipal institutions, the first stage of which was introduced by Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) earlier this month.


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