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Karjalainen - Finland | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Helsingin Sanomat hit by media upheavals

The management board of the media company Sanoma on Monday sacked Mikael Pentikäinen, the editor in chief of its flagship daily Helsingin Sanomat, because the paper's circulation has dropped dramatically during his three years on the job. But the dismissal has little to do with Pentikäinen's personal qualities, the daily Karjalainen believes: "There's no point looking for reasons for the drop in readership. Pentikäinen's dismissal says more about the upheavals in the media landscape, the changes in leadership culture and the numerous problems at Sanoma Corporation than the failures of the paper's editor in chief. Sanoma Corporation's investments in Belgium and Holland, which have so far borne no fruits, as well as other difficulties have forced the media company to restructure. These measures also affect Helsingin Sanomat. As a national newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat is worse hit by upheavals in the media landscape than regional papers because it doesn't have their strength: ... namely being anchored in the local community."

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