The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation – a unique association
Like comparable broadcasting corporations with a public remit in other democratic countries, SRG is guided by the key principle of public service. But unlike many of them, it is not a state-owned institution. SRG is an association. The association in turn consists of four regional companies – SRG Deutschschweiz, Société de radiodiffusion et de télévision de la Suisse romande, Società cooperativa per la Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana and SRG SSR Svizra Rumantscha, with a total of 23 700 members. The purpose of the SRG association is to manage the company of the same name in such a way that the mandate enshrined in law and its Charter is fulfilled.
The SRG company has a federal structure – within the five Enterprise Units RSI, RTR, RTS, SRF and SWI Swissinfo and also within its General Management division and subsidiary companies, around 6000 employees produce schedules for 17 radio stations and 7 television channels. Its annual turnover is 1,6 billion francs. 75 percent of its funding comes from licence fees, with the rest having to be generated from commercial activity.