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Watch: Finnish News Anchor Fired for Beer Gag


Finland's best-known English language news anchor was fired this week for a gag caught on camera during a report on the misconduct of bars selling alcohol. As the program cut away from its B-roll footage, Wilska was seen pretending to swill a beer. His producers weren't amused.

The stunt has garnered him a Facebook support group, however, with 32,000 fans and counting.


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  1. The channel is YLE1 (you could say it is like BBC1 in England) so their news are like an institution to the country. YLE has no commercials and is fully paid by special fees and taxes by the state. They have high profile image on their news programmes and it was totally unsuitable for the morning news. Could you imagine BBC1 news anchor doing the same and keeping his job?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 14, 2010 10:01:29 AM

  2. well I have been to Finland several times recently - its great but boy can they drink !

    they even drink more than canadians...

    Posted by: arch | Oct 14, 2010 10:20:51 AM

  3. Most of the report was so dry and boring, it was nice to see the little bit of humor at the end

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 14, 2010 10:21:49 AM

  4. Look it's Justin beiber at 60!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Turlie | Oct 14, 2010 10:24:08 AM

  5. Wow, Finland really is progressive. The whole youth and glamor requirement for television personalities, even news anchors, that is so prevalent in America is clearly not an issue there.

    Honestly, the guy looks like he stepped right out of 1977.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 14, 2010 10:24:22 AM

  6. So the message is that they don't have hairdressers in Finland?

    Posted by: David in Houston | Oct 14, 2010 10:54:20 AM

  7. @DAVID IN HOUSTON I don't think they have much of anything in Finland.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 14, 2010 12:40:50 PM

  8. "a report on the misconduct of bars selling alcohol. "
    Wow, that's great (not) reporting on reporting. So it's "misconduct" for bars to sell alcohol?
    Please be more clear.

    Posted by: TomJ | Oct 14, 2010 3:07:52 PM

  9. For what I understand, alcoholism is epidemic in Finland, a country that is exemplary in other aspects. So I don’t see the joke there. He was sacked with due cause.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Oct 14, 2010 3:48:22 PM

  10. I love this so much. He should not have been fired.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Oct 14, 2010 4:12:56 PM

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