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Nelonen
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Launched June 1, 1997
Owned by Nelonen Media, part of Sanoma Television Oy, a subsidiary of the electronic media business division Sanoma Entertainment of Sanoma
Country  Finland
Formerly called PTV (Paikallistelevisio)
PTV4 (1989-1997)
Sister channel(s) Nelonen HD
KinoTV
JIM
LIV
Urheilukanava
URHEILU+KANAVA
Website www.nelonen.fi
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital Channel 4
Cable
Elisa Channel 4
Welho Channel 4

Nelonen is a Finnish commercial TV channel. It started out as Helsinki's local television channel PTV in 1989 on the HTV cable network, which name was changed first to PTV4 and then to Nelonen. It started on June 1, 1997. Nelonen, in Finnish, means the glyph of the number four. The channel is mostly owned by Sanoma Corporation, which owns the Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat newspapers. Its largest owner is Aatos Erkko. Much of its programming is American (50%) and European imports (20%), with Finnish subtitles. Its main market is the 25-44 demographic. Nelonen has 6 sister channels: Nelonen HD, JIM, Urheilukanava, Urheilu+Kanava, KinoTV and Liv.

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Programmes

List of past/current programs.

Criticism

Nelonen was launched quickly and in an unprepared state. It has been criticized for importing "trash shows", especially during its first years. Mostly the subject of criticism have been related to its weekly imported "4D documentaries" concentrating on entertainment value and on highly emotive issues instead of artistic or other deeper values. The channel's entertainment output also consists of many other programmes which may be considered to be poor quality - imported game shows or Finnish versions of them (such as Reikä seinässä, a Finnish version of the Japanese 'Human Tetris' game) and reality TV shows dominate the scheduling. On the other hand, Nelonen's scheduling also contains several award-winning drama series.

Controversy

During the fall of 2007, a day after the Jokela school shooting, Nelonen decided not to air a scheduled episode of the TV series Dexter. The TV series depicts a fictional serial killer Dexter Morgan and it was said to be inappropriate after such dramatic and nationwide turn of events. The episode was instead shown a week later.

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