|Born||Erkki Matti Toivanen
18 May 1937
|Died||21 July 2011
London, England, United Kingdom
|Education||University of Helsinki|
|Partner(s)||Lennox Walker (1972–)|
|Parent(s)||Paavo Toivanen and Adele Toivanen (née Konga)|
After gaining a master's degree in political history from the University of Helsinki in 1962, Toivanen joined the Finnish section of BBC World Service. One of his tasks there was to produce the music to the radio dramas written by Anselm Hollo and Matti Rossi.
In 1968 he was promoted to newsreader on television and radio, and from 1969 until 1972 he worked as the foreign news editor; in the same year he joined Yle as a news correspondent and broadcaster. His broadcasting career included commentating on four Eurovision Song Contest (1977–1978, 1982 & 1987) and hosting the Finnish coverage of the Summer Olympics on eight occasions between 1972 and 2000. From 1987 until 1994 he worked as a Yle TV1 news reporter, and from 1995 until 2000 as a special correspondent. He retired from Yle in 2001.
Toivanen died on 21 July 2011 in London, and was survived by his long-time partner Lennox Walker and a daughter from a previous marriage. In accordance with his will his ash was scattered over the Blanchisseuse Beach of Walker's Trinidadian home, just like Toivanen himself had fulfilled the will of his Estonian-born mother in Narva-Jõesuu. Toivanen was fluent in Finnish, English, Estonian, German, Russian and French.
- Humanism evenings, Erkki Toivanen: Healthy roots of a real prerequisite for internationalization
- Erkki Toivanen's obituary in Helsingin Sanomat
- Östling, Tom (9 May 2013). "Yks tavallinen Toivanen" [‘A Certain Ordinary Toivanen’]. Yle. Retrieved 2013-05-09.