The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG) – part of the diverse Swiss media scene
SRG is part of the Swiss media scene and what happens there concerns all of us, because a wide range of independent media services is extremely important in order for democracy to function.
But the necessary range of media services does not come into being or continue to exist automatically. For this reason, approximately 67,5 million francs of licence fee revenue is used to support 21 private radio stations and 13 private television stations in Switzerland in addition to SRG (as of 2016). In Switzerland, newspapers are indirectly subsidized with government funding, for example by benefiting from cheap postal delivery charges.
Newspapers in particular are coming under increasing pressure from the Internet as a source of free information, and the number of newspaper titles has been falling for years.
In this area of conflict SRG must also, in its own interests, judiciously ensure that media diversity continues to survive in Switzerland.