Nuntii Latini

Nuntii Latini was a Finnish news service that broadcast in Latin between September 1989 and June 2019. It had been broadcast since September 1989 by the Finnish national broadcaster Yle (Radiophonia Finnica Generalis) on the Yle Radio 1 channel. The name Nuntii Latini is Latin for Latin News[1] or News in Latin.[2]

Station output

There was a 5-minute long weekly broadcast of recent world news and human interest.[3] The program was eventually made available on the Internet and had about 40,000 listeners according to RTÉ in 2019,[3] compared to 75,000 reported by the BBC in 2006.[4] Articles were usually alternately read by a male and female announcer, in Latin. Pronunciation was, for the most part, "classical" and listeners could follow a written transcript of news items. A "Glossarium programmatis" was provided for each program translating 6 to 10 of the key Latin terms into Finnish, English, and German.

The program was founded by Tuomo Pekkanen, a professor of Latin.[1] As of 2013, Laura Nissinen was one of the announcers.[5] The program has been described as one of several ways in which Finland has been a bastion of Latin, such as the translation of the works of Elvis Presley into Latin by Finnish academic Jukka Ammondt.[3]


In November 2017, Yle announced that they would be shutting down the broadcast in December of that year.[6] Yle cited the availability of other Latin-language media on the internet as one of the reasons for the shutdown.[7] Another reason was the difficulty in finding suitable replacements for the programme's ageing producers.[3] The announcement resulted in a public campaign to save the program.[2] More than 3000 listeners wrote to the station in protest, resulting in the show being extended through 2019.[8] The final broadcast was broadcast on 14 June 2019.[9]

External links


  1. ^ a b Tagliabue, John (2013-04-08). "Latin Makes an Appearance on Finnish Radio. News at VI". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  2. ^ a b Tanner, Jari (2017-12-29). "Global outcry saves Latin news show broadcast from Finland". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  3. ^ a b c d "Finnish broadcaster ends Latin news bulletins". RTÉ News. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Finland makes Latin the King". BBC News. 24 October 2006.
  5. ^ "First Person: Laura Nissinen 'I read the news in Latin'". Financial Times. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  6. ^ "Nuntii Latini – News in Latin one last time". Latinitium. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  7. ^ "Yle's Nuntii Latini to be broadcast for the last time in late December". yle.fi. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  8. ^ Gledhill, Ruth. "Latin radio show saved after more than 3000 listeners write in". The Tablet. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  9. ^ Meriläinen, Ari (11 June 2019). "News in Latin – created by fluke and lasted thirty years". Yle. Retrieved 14 June 2019.

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