The most up-to-date sports fans noticed a change in Yle's athletics broadcast at the Jyväskylä Finnish Championships Hall on Saturday.
Jarkko Finni, an expert familiar with athletics broadcasts, no longer interpreted the events alongside commentator Mikko Hannula.
Instead of Finn, former athlete Petri Keskitalo was planted in the booth.
Joose Palonen, Head of Yle Urheilu, confirmed the personnel change for Ilta-Sanomat.
Finn's expert positions ended because he started last autumn as the director of coaching and training at the Finnish Sports Federation (Sul).
Due to his new role, Finni has been left to comment on the preconditions of athletes.
- It is certainly clear to everyone that Jarkko Finni cannot act as Yle's expert in his new role as Sulin's coaching director as before.
We have thanked him for his excellent work and wish him luck and success, Palonen announced.
According to Palonen, Yle did not experience external pressure to replace Finn.
- Yle Sport makes decisions independently from its experts.
The views of outsiders have not affected the matter, which I do not see anything ambiguous.
Multidisciplinary species knowledge made Finn, 49, a very popular expert.
Palonen says that Finni will continue to be heard in Yle's broadcasts in the role of a guest or interviewee.
Like Finland, Keskitalo, which has a voice in the Finnish Championship halls, is a former 10-player and an iron athletics expert.
He has previous experience of Yle's athletics broadcasts at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, among others.
Tuomas Raja will be the expert in the European Championship halls at the beginning of March.
He has commented on athletics in Yle’s radio broadcasts in the past.
- Keskitalo has a strong sporting background and it's great that we got him involved, but Raja and Mikael Ylöstalo, who is familiar from the Swedish side, are also skilled experts.
Athletics is an important sport for Yle, and we aim to gather a diverse and competent group of experts, just like in the winter season, for example in skiing, Palonen formulates.
The Finnish Championships will continue in Jyväskylä on Sunday.
The European Championships in Torun, Poland will start on March 4th.