Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) – Estonian Public Broadcasting – is a publicly funded radio and television organisation created in Estonia on 1 June 2007 to take over the functions of the formerly separate Eesti Raadio (ER) (Estonian Radio) and Eesti Televisioon (ETV) (Estonian Television), under the terms of the Estonian National Broadcasting Act. The first chair of ERR is Margus Allikmaa, the former chair of Eesti Raadio. Present CEO is Erik Roose.
|Type||Broadcast radio, television and online|
|1 June 2007|
The Act, which was passed by the Estonian Parliament on 18 January 2007, also appointed Eesti Ringhäälingunõukogu (RHN) (the Estonian Broadcasting Council) to act as the regulatory body for ERR's five national radio channels and single television station.
Regular radio broadcasting in Estonia began on 18 December 1926. TV was first broadcast in Estonia on 19 July 1955. ERR receives a state grant to fund the operation of its five national radio channels and two TV channels. ERR participates in a number of projects within the European Broadcasting Union, of which it is a full member, notably in musical exchanges and concert series. In addition, ERR's Radio Drama Department has won international recognition at events organised by the EBU.
On 19 September 2014, the Estonian government approved the creation of a dedicated Russian-language TV channel as part of the ERR network. The channel ETV+ was launched in late September 2015.
ERR's three national television channels are:
- ETV – a general interest TV channel
- ETV2 – programming for children, sports, cultural programming, i.e. quality films and drama series
- ETV+ – Russian-language TV channel for Russian minority
ERR's five national radio channels are:
- Vikerraadio – a full-format programme
- Raadio 2 – a station specializing in pop/underground music and aimed primarily at listeners aged 15–29
- Klassikaraadio – recorded and live classical and folk music, jazz, and cultural programming
- Raadio 4 – programming for linguistic minorities, in particular Estonia's Russian-speaking community
- Raadio Tallinn – news and information for foreign listeners, including elements from ERR Uudised, BBC and RFI.
- "Cabinet Gives the Go-Ahead for Russian-Language TV Channel". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Estonia launches own Russian-language TV channel". Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- Estonian Public Broadcasting News in English
- Official site of ERR (in Estonian)
- Overview of RHN (in Estonian)
- ETV official site