|Launched||19 July 1955|
|Audience share||14.4% (September 2012, TNS Emor)|
|Formerly called||Tallinna Televisioonistuudio (TTS) (1955–1991)|
|Digital terrestrial||Multiplex 1|
|AS Starman||Channel 1|
The bulk of ETV's funding comes from government grant-in-aid, around 15% of which is in turn funded by the fees paid by Estonian commercial broadcasters in return for their exclusive right to screen television advertising. ETV stopped showing commercials in 1998–1999 and has again ceased doing so since 2002: its low-cost advertising rates were damaging the ability of commercial broadcasters to operate. The introduction of a system of broadcast receiver licences, payable by viewers, was considered, but ultimately rejected in the face of public opposition.
On 1 January 1993, ETV was admitted as a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union.
In 2002, ETV hosted the "Eurovision Song Contest 2002".
On 9 January 2006, ETV launched an Internet news service called ETV24. Broadcasting news on Internet, teletext, and on ETV at night.
On 1 June 2007, ETV controversially merged with the Estonian Radio Service (ER) to form the Estonian Public Broadcasting or Eesti Rahvusringhääling, ERR for short. Created for under the new Estonian National Broadcasting Act, passed by the Estonian Parliament on 18 January 2007. So, ETV24 was replaced with ERR Uudised (ERR News) However, ETV has so far continued broadcasting under its original name.
On 1 July 2010, Estonia completed their transition to digital terrestrial television, finishing all analogue services. An informational on-screen message indicating this was visible on the old ETV frequencies until 5 July 2010.
The Estonian Public Broadcasting Act regulates ERR's actions, through the Estonian Broadcasting Council or Ringhäälingunõukogu in Estonia EHR for short.
The Broadcasting Council is the highest management body of ERR.
The first Chair of ERR is Margus Allikmaa.
The more well known journalists of ETV include Maire Aunaste, Anu Välba, Katrin Viirpalu, Reet Linna, Monika Tamla, Kadri Hinrikus, Astrid Kannel, Margus Saar, Aarne Rannamäe, Meelis Kompus, Peeter Kaldre, Mati Talvik, Marko Reikop, Urmas Vaino, etc.
- "Levira digital broadcasting programs" (PDF) (in Estonian). Levira. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009.[dead link]
- "Television across Europe: regulation, policy and independence, Estonia" (PDF). EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program. 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2009.[dead link]
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