Quality and professionalism at RSI, RTR, RTS, SRF and SWI
Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI)
RSI is SRG's Enterprise Unit in Italian-speaking Switzerland. Its 1,155 employees (1039 full-time equivalents) produce programmes for three radio stations, two TV channels and various multimedia offerings.
What does it mean to work for RSI? What basic stance on politics, finance, society and culture is expected of employees? How does an RSI journalist act in his or her daily work which often involves dealing with delicate topics in sensitive areas? What characterizes multimedial work? The answers are set out here in four chapters, an overview of all the rules that apply in an audiovisual public service, the programme charter and an explanation of the obligations and rights of journalists.
RSI charter for debates
How can it be guaranteed that discussions on the radio or television will be of high quality? How can the audience be helped to classify viewpoints and opinions? How do moderators conduct heated debates and ensure that everyone has a say, including those who represent unpopular opinions? How do they create a framework for the discussion that is appropriate for all guests? The "RSI debate charter" provides the answers.
Quality is not a subjective factor, it can be measured with clearly defined, uniform parameters. The SRF Charter stipulates that quality is characterized by "credibility, a sense of responsibility, relevance and professional journalism". At RSI quality management is ensured by a separate department and by means of consistent monitoring of the offering.
RSI job profiles
RSI does not only employ moderators and directors, journalists and cameramen: in Besso and Comano there are sound technicians, cutters, graphic artists, tailors, carpenters, set designers, multimedia editors, scriptwriters, video filmers and many others besides. Around 60 different occupations are represented. The list provides an overview of all the occupations in the radio and television field with the relevant requirements. Many are highly technical and could not exist in Italian-speaking Switzerland without RSI.
Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR)
RTR is an Enterprise Unit of SRG SSR. Its main studio is in Chur. Around 167 people work in 131 full-time positions throughout Romansh-speaking Switzerland for our audience.
Quality criteria at RTR
The Charter comprises four hierarchical quality dimensions for SRG SSR: relevance, credibility, a sense of responsibility, and professional journalism. In addition to these national standards, RTR abides by the quality criteria and Journalistic Guidelines of SRF.
Quality assurance at RTR
To ensure that programmes and the content of RTR meet the quality requirements stipulated by the Federal Charter, ongoing product control is required. The quality management statutes are one of these control tools.
Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) offers content via four radio and two TV programmes and several interactive platforms. RTS is geared to the French-speaking audience in Switzerland and to French speakers abroad via TV5Monde and the Web. With 1872 employees (1568 full-time positions), the company based in Geneva and Lausanne is one of the market leaders in the audiovisual sector.
RTS: Processus qualité
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
SRF is SRG's largest Enterprise Unit, and is based at the main studios in Zurich Leutschenbach. With other main studios in Basel, Berne and Zurich Brunnenhof plus regional studios in Aarau, Chur, Lucerne and St. Gallen, it has a broad base in German-speaking Switzerland. SRF employs 2,110 members of staff (1620 full-time equivalents).
Quality at SRF
SRF's Journalism guidelines – a comprehensive catalogue of standards for all editorial offices involved in journalism at SRF.
Job profiles at SRF
The section on "Professional portraits" depicts the requirements and profiles of eleven different jobs, mainly in the form of interviews with the relevant job-holders at SRF, ranging from designers to cultural editors and presenters. SRF-Berufswelt
Since 1999, SWI has fulfilled the federal government’s mandate to distribute information about Switzerland internationally. Today, the international service is directed above all at an audience interested in Switzerland, as well as at Swiss citizens living abroad. SWI has also been reporting in Russian since 2013 – in addition to English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese.
SWI has offices in Bern (headquarters), Geneva and Zurich, and is represented in parliament’s media centre in the capital.
Quality at SWI
The licence comprises four overarching quality dimensions for SRG: relevance, credibility, accountability and journalistic professionalism. In addition to these national standards, SWI complies with the
SRF quality guidlines (in German)
Ensuring SWI’s programmes and content meet the quality standard required by the federal licence requires permanent product monitoring. The quality management statutes are one of these monitoring tools
Qualitätsmanagement (in German)