Eesti Rahvusringhääling

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.

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.[1][2]

Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR)
TypeBroadcast radio, television and online
OwnerEstonian Government
Launch date
1 June 2007
Official website


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.

See also

External links


  1. ^ "Cabinet Gives the Go-Ahead for Russian-Language TV Channel". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Estonia launches own Russian-language TV channel". Retrieved 29 September 2015.

Coordinates: 59°26′3.32″N 24°46′17.09″E / 59.4342556°N 24.7714139°E

Cannabis in Estonia

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ETV2 is an Estonian television channel, transmitted in digital format.

ETV2 began broadcasting on 8 August 2008, coinciding with the Olympic Games. On 25 August 2008, ETV2 continued broadcasting children's programs. Since 2 January 2009, the channel in the evening news broadcast will be "hot chamber" (19.30 - 20.00) and the publicist for the transfer of Russian-speaking audience.

Edgar Savisaar

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Eesti Laul

Eesti Laul (English: 'Estonian Song' or 'The Song of Estonia') is an annual music competition organised by Estonian public broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR). It determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, and has been staged every year since 2009. The contest was introduced in 2009, replacing the former Eurolaul festival, used since Estonia's first participation in Eurovision in 1993. Since its introduction, the competition has been one of the most popular television programmes in Estonia; it is also broadcast on radio and the Internet. In 2012, the semifinals averaged 199 thousand viewers, and over an estimated 296 thousand people in Estonia

watched the final.

The contest was introduced by ERR, the organisers of the contest, with a different philosophy on the contest used previously. Eesti Laul was introduced to produce an Estonian contest, with Estonian musical tastes being presented to a European audience. The contest is also an open one, with all information of the songs being revealed in the selection process.The festival has produced four top-ten placings for Estonia at the contest. The winner of the Eesti Laul has been chosen by televoting and panels of jurors since its inception. The competition makes a considerable impact on music charts in Estonia and neighbouring countries.

The introduction of semifinals in 2011 raised the potential number of contestants from ten to twenty. The festival is very well known for its alternative rock and electro-pop songs which make the contest more diverse than other Eurovision national finals, so it is sometimes referred to as Alternative Melodifestivalen by the media and the Eurovision fans. The introduction of a grand final hosted in Saku Suurhall has attracted substantial tourism to the city. Announced in September of 2018, the then new lead producer Tomi Rahula made various changes to the 2019 edition contest including 12 entries in the final, 24 entries overall and broadcasting the semi-finals live from cities outside of Tallinn. Also introduced was a fee for entry with Estonian language songs seeing that fee halved.

Eesti Televisioon

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Estonia in Eurovision Choir

The participation of Estonia in the Eurovision Choir of the Year will begin in Riga, Latvia, at the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are responsible for the selection process of their participants, for their debut in 2017. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2017 edition are the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009

After discussions on whether Estonia should withdraw due to the Russian participation in the 2008 South Ossetia war in Georgia, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) announced that, due to public demand, they would participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, to be held in Moscow.In August 2008 Estonian Minister of Culture Laine Jänes announced a possible boycott could be held between the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Latvia later rebuked the boycott and announced that they would be present at the 2009 contest.In September 2008 a public poll was held on whether Estonia should participate at the contest. 66% of the poll takers wished to see Estonia at the contest. ERR later submitted to public demand and announced that they would participate at the contest in May. The winner of the newly formed contest Eesti Laul, replacing the former Eurolaul, was Urban Symphony with the song "Rändajad" (Nomads or Travellers), written by Sven Lõhmus, which received 82% of the final vote.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry through the national selection Eesti Laul 2011, organised by Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR).

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected through Eesti Laul 2014, a national final format that consisted of two semi-finals and a final, organised by the Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR). Tanja was selected to represent Estonia with the song "Amazing", and failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 12th with a score of 36 points.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Goodbye to Yesterday", written by Stig Rästa. The song was performed by Elina Born and Stig Rästa. Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) organised the national final Eesti Laul 2015 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria. After two semi-finals and a final, "Goodbye to Yesterday" performed by Elina Born and Stig Rästa were selected, winning the super final of the competition with 79% of the public televote. In the first of the Eurovision semi-finals "Goodbye to Yesterday" placed third out of the 16 participating countries, securing its place among the 26 other songs in the final. In Estonia's twenty-first Eurovision appearance on 23 May, "Goodbye to Yesterday" finished in seventh place, receiving 106 points.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Verona" written by Sven Lõhmus. The song was performed by Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) organised the national final Eesti Laul 2017 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The national final consisted of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. Ten songs competed in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final as determined by a jury panel and public vote qualified to the final. In the final, the winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury panel and a public vote selected the top three to qualify to the super final. In the super final, "Verona" performed by Koit Toome and Laura was selected as the winner entirely by a public vote.

Estonia was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 11 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 17, "Verona" was not announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final.

They came 6th from the televoting which was not enough to qualify, Verona failed to qualify being one of the fan-favourite.

Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Estonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) organised the national final Eesti Laul 2018 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal.

Estonian Free Party

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Leida Rammo

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Liina Kersna

Liina Kersna (née Lepik; born 3 April 1980, Tallinn) is an Estonian journalist, civil servant and politician.

Kersna graduated from Lasnamäe General Secondary School in 1998 and from the University of Tartu in the field of journalism and public relations in 2005.

She worked as a presenter and editor at Eesti Rahvusringhääling from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2004, she worked as head of public relations of the Federation of Estonian Student Unions. In 2004, she worked as the Chief Specialist at the Press Office of the Ministry of Rural Affairs, as Deputy Director of the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland from 2005 to 2006, and was its head from 2006 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010 and again from 2012 to 2013, Kersna was the Media Advisor to the Government of Estonia; From 2010 to 2012, she was the Director of Government Communications of the Government of Estonia. From 2013 to 2015, she was the head of the office of Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia.

Kersna has been a member of the Estonian Reform Party since 2015. She has been a member of the Riigikogu since 2015.

List of radio stations in Estonia

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Vikerraadio is an Estonian national radio channel of Eesti Rahvusringhääling.It began broadcasting on April 3, 1967.

Ingrid Peek has been the editor in chief since August 7, 2017.

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