SRG – serving society
SRG is often incorrectly described as a state-owned enterprise. It is in fact a private association operated in accordance with company law, which runs a media company. The Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVG) and SRG's Charter oblige it to fulfil a particular social mandate. This mandate involves providing a public service. The Swiss idea of public service in the media sector is based on the following elements – reaching the entire population in all language regions, reflecting a diversity of opinions and cultures, and an independence from political and economic interests. In return for this mandate, SRG receives licence fees for funding purposes.
SRG's activities, organization and funding are essentially fixed by the Swiss Confederation and overseen by the Federal Office of Communications (Ofcom). However, within the framework formed by the constitution, legislation and its Charter, SRG is independent – nobody is permitted to interfere in its editorial activities.