MyHits wants national license, the ministry sets additional criteria

CEO of Postimees Grupp Andrus Raudsalu Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Postimees Group wants a nationwide activity license for the radio station MyHits, but the Ministry of Culture thinks this is possible only if the radio station plays music by Estonian artists for at least 15 percent of the calendar week.

Andrus Raudsalu, Chairman of the Management Board of Postimees Group (Postimees Grupp AS), told ERR the proposal of the Minister of the Culture, Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa), is a bit difficult for the radio station in the long run. 

"Today, MyHits operates according to very clear rules, where it performs frequent music tests and see what kind of music is popular at the moment," said Raudsalu and added that in the meantime, there is more Estonian music on the radio and sometimes less. 

According to Raudsalu, 35 percent of Estonian music is currently played on MyHits.  

"We can't predict exactly what is popular. Let's say that if it is popular, Estonian music will still be played. And now a lot of good Estonian songs are being made," said Raudsalu. 

However, it is difficult for Raudsalu to achieve a certain percentage by acting according to the current procedure. 

"Today we have managed to follow rules that we are given, but in the end, we still have to follow the valid laws," said Raudsalu. 

Kanal 2 will remain in free circulation at least until the end of the summer 

Raudsalu said that according to the current plan, Kanal 2 (Channel 2) will be free to broadcast until the end of August. No further decisions have been made by Postimees Group yet. 

"It depends on the price that this free circulation will cost us, and on several other technical circumstances," said Raudsalu about the future of the channel. 

There are no comments about the producer of "Kodutunne" 

Raudsalu did not answer the question of whether the Postimees Group plans to turn to the police regarding the suspicious financial transactions of Kristi Loigo, the producer of "Kodutunne". 

"We are commenting on this topic to the extent and in terms of how we publish that story," said Raudsalu. 


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