The Swiss Radio and Television Company (French Société suisse de radiodiffusion et télévision, Italian Società svizzera di radio- televisione, Romansh Societad svizra as radio and Television ), brand image as SRG SSR is an association based in Bern and winner of the biggest company for electronic media in Switzerland. Your offer is primarily based on the Switzerland. SRG SSR operates under a special concession of the covenant, which transfers her extensive duties in the service of the general public ( public service ).

  • 2.1 Radio
  • 2.2 television 2.2.1 Teletext
  • 2.2.2 Interactive TV

Organization and structure of the company

SRG SSR as a federation of associations and cooperatives

The Swiss Radio and Television Corporation is a federation of associations and cooperatives, which anyone interested can join. This association forms the sponsorship of the SRG SSR. It works as a bridge between the public and the company. Its members have an influence on the SRG SSR as the shareholders of a corporation.

The sponsorship of the SRG SSR consists of four regional companies, which are in turn divided into the German and in French-speaking Switzerland in individual member companies. This member companies can also be subdivided into sections. The regional companies SRG SSR are:

  • SRG.D: SRG German Switzerland: Radio and Television Company of the German and Romansh-speaking Switzerland ( RDRS ) SRG Zurich Schaffhausen ( radio and television cooperative Zurich RFZ ) Section 1 ( Zurich city)
  • Section 2 ( Limmattalstrasse / left bank / Knonaueramt )
  • Section 3 (Right Bank / Zurich Oberland)
  • Section 4 ( Schaffhausen / Zurich Country / Winterthur)
  • SRG Freiburg (Radio and Television Corporation German Freiburg FRF)
  • SRG Wallis (Radio and Television Company Upper Valais RFO)
  • SRG Uri
  • SRG Schwyz
  • SRG Obwalden
  • SRG Nidwalden
  • SRG Lucerne
  • SRG train
  • SSR Berne ( Télévision Suisse Romande Radio SRT)
  • SSR Fribourg ( Suisse Romande Radio - Télévision SRT)
  • SSR Genève ( Suisse Romande Radio - Télévision SRT)
  • SSR Jura ( Télévision Suisse Romande Radio SRT)
  • SSR Valais ( Télévision Suisse Romande Radio SRT)
  • SSR Vaud ( Télévision Suisse Romande Radio SRT)

The institutions of the society at the national level are:

  • The delegates' meeting under the direction of the President of SRG SSR
  • The Board of Directors
  • The Director-General
  • The management

In the various language regions, the regional councils and the regional directors of Delegates or the Board of Directors meet. Other bodies include the public councils and ombudsmen appointed by them.

In the regional or member companies of the German - and French-speaking Switzerland alone, around 20,000 people, making an international comparison extraordinarily direct social participation is achieved engage. For example, the social ownership in all committees and advisory boards of ARD and ZDF of only around 1,000 representatives is practically applied in the German model of public service broadcasting in six-fold population.

The Company

The company SRG SSR is managed by the Directorate-General under the chairmanship of the Director General. This is subject to the so-called business units. They are:

The two national organizational units " Media Services " (MSC) and " Business Unit Sport » (BUS) are stand-alone units that provide services for the SRG SSR.

In addition, the company SRG SSR include the following subsidiaries:

  • The advertising mediator publisuisse SA
  • The teletext operator Swiss TXT AG
  • Synchronization society Telvetia SA
  • The Mxlab AG
  • The MCDT AG

The Company

Although the SRG SSR is a private association and an independent company, but it receives in addition to their concession by the federal government (for all electronic media required) and a clear legal mandate for the so-called " public service ". This means that the SRG SSR is responsible for ensuring that all language regions receive a secure information and cover a wide range of entertainment, educational and cultural program. For this they received a large part of the income from license fees (70 %), charged by the collection agency.

Under the adopted in March 2009, the project "Media convergence and efficiency " bundled SRG SSR their corporate units per language region and sought closer cooperation between radio, television and online at. Thus became operational on 1 January 2011, the new entity Swiss radio and television, as a merger between Swiss Radio DRS and Swiss television, their operation. ( DRS = Radio and Television Company of the German and Romansh-speaking Switzerland ).

The sender of the SRG

SRG SSR and its affiliates produce 18 radio stations and 8 television programs that are broadcast on the following channel names:


  • 6 German language programs of Swiss Radio and Television ( SRF) Radio SRF 1 - full program
  • Radio SRF 2 Culture - Culture
  • Radio SRF 3 - Pop
  • Radio SRF 4 News - News and information program
  • Radio SRF virus - Youth Program
  • Radio SRF wave music - folk music
  • La Première - Full and information program
  • Espace 2 - Culture
  • Couleur 3 - Pop
  • Option Musique - Chansons and other French-speaking music
  • Rete Due - Culture
  • Rete Tre - Pop
  • Radio Romansh (RR)
  • World Radio Switzerland
  • Radio Swiss Pop
  • Radio Swiss Classic
  • Radio Swiss Jazz

The Federal Council issued on 17 February 1999 SRG SSR concession for the construction of a DAB network in Switzerland. In the same year went in Greater Bern -Solothurn the first transmitter in operation. There followed in 1999 and 2000, the regions Interlaken -Bern -Biel, Baden- Zurich - Winterthur, and the Lake Geneva region and the agglomeration of Basel. Since 2001 DAB ( including the main tunnel ) and parts of the north-south axis is the satellite on the main routes between East and West. Currently ( March 2007) can receive 80 % of the Swiss population DAB. By end-2009 DAB should be the whole of Switzerland to receive.


  • 3 German -language programs of Swiss Radio and Television ( SRF) SRF 1
  • SRF two
  • SRF info
  • The Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR) not operate its own program. The daily 10 - minute program Telesguard is broadcast on 1 SRF, SRF info and RSI LA 2. In addition, it has to SRF 1 a longer program window on Sunday afternoon.


  • Dissemination of information on Swiss TXT

Interactive TV

On the basis of the HbbTV test operation of interactive television was launched on the HD channels and RTS RTS Un Deux March 5, 2013. Under the name of RTS are delivered news, sports results and video -on-demand offering. The solution was developed by the subsidiary Swiss TXT.


  • Swissinfo as an information platform, especially for the Swiss Abroad, in ten languages ​​and with different services. Recently an offer was launched in Russian.

Transmission facilities

The transmission facilities over which the SRG SSR will be broadcast include, since the beginning of 2002 Swisscom Broadcasting ( formerly PTT), which is also responsible for the operation. The most common transmission facilities are:

  • National transmitter Beromunster ( decommissioned)
  • TV Tower Bern- Bantiger
  • St. Chrischona television tower
  • Uetliberg TV tower
  • Transmitter Santis
  • National transmitter Sarnen ( decommissioned)
  • National transmitter Sottens ( decommissioned)
  • National transmitter Monte Ceneri ( decommissioned)

History of SRG

1931, the SRG was founded as the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. In the SRG all previous regional radio stations were united under one roof. The SRG was awarded by the Federal Council, the only license to broadcast radio in Switzerland. The authorization there was a clause that the sender of the SRG were allowed to get their information only in SDA.

Shortly thereafter, the medium-wave transmitter SRG took their service on: Sottens (1931, French), Beromunster (1931, German ) and Monte Ceneri (1933, Italian).

In 1937, the SRG was first reorganized and more centralized. 1938 Romansh has been recognized as the fourth official language of Switzerland, after which the Radio Studio Zurich began to send contributions in Romansh.

At the Exhibition of 1939, the new television technology was developed by the ETH Zurich in Switzerland for the first time presented to the astonished Swiss audience. On this occasion, the SRG organized some actresses and actors whose performance was filmed and transferred directly to a TV screen.

During the Second World War, the SRG supported with its radio program, the " intellectual defense " and thus became an important political function. The programs for political and military situation were transmitted on short wave worldwide. Radio Beromunster was regarded as the only "free" German -language channels in Europe.

From the fifties, the radio landscape changed: The transistor radios slowly began to assert themselves, thus listening to the radio became commonplace, anywhere. The three radio stations SRG conducted in 1956 their second programs on FM one. At the same time the transistor radios began to television, to prevail slowly but surely. SRG began test transmissions in Lausanne, Basel and Zurich. In 1953, an official television operation was introduced by the SRG. On five evenings a week, a one-hour program was broadcast in the Zurich region. 1954 establishes the SRG, together with eight other European television stations, the Euro vision.

1957 received the SRG, the first official television license in Switzerland, which came into force on 1 January 1958. As of mid- 1958, the broadcasts were supplemented in Zurich by German -and French- language broadcasts from Zurich and Geneva, the station of the Italian Switzerland rendered programs from other parts of the country with Italian subtitles.

In 1961 the Italian Switzerland a first own TV studio in Ticino and in 1963 the first Romansh program was broadcast. In 1964, the SRG has been reorganized. In the same year, the Federal Council approved the introduction of television advertising and the SRG established a subsidiary, the AG for television commercials.

1965 Radio and TV studio was inaugurated at the Federal Palace in 1966 and a small studio for, Romansch programs established in Chur, are broadcast from which broadcasts on DRS 2.

As of 1966, the second transmitter ( DRS 2, RSR 2 and RSI 2) are formally radio programs to meet "high standards in terms of music, entertainment and information ." From 1968, all television programs are broadcast in color.

In the seventies, new television studios in Geneva, Zurich and Comano were put into operation. As of 1971, the radio messages were no longer produced by the SDA, but went over to the responsibility of the SRG. Also in the seventies Romansh an ever greater importance was given, and in 1975 the department Televisiun Rumantscha was created. The radio station SRG sent from 1978 in stereo.

In the eighties, the rigid provisions of the Media Act were first loosened and the first private and commercial local radio stations were allowed. In 1983, the SRG third programs for the youth audience: DRS 3, Couleur 3 and Rete 3

In 1984 there was the first time the Swiss TV teletext. In the same year, together with ZDF and ORF, SRG launched a joint program, 3sat, and with French and Belgian partners the French-speaking TV5 Monde.

In 1991, the SRG was restructured again and converted to a stock corporation holding, but more was in the public sector. In 1992, the cultural mission of the SRG was enshrined in law.

In 1993, a new television chain of SRG, the " S Plus ', which from 1995 « Switzerland - Suisse - Svizzera - Svizra 4 "was the name. 1995, " Radio and Television Rumantscha » split off (RTR with TvR and RR) of SF DRS and SR DRS and became the independent unit within the SRG. In 1997, the unsuccessful fourth television station chain was " Switzerland 4» discontinued and replaced by the second programs SF2, TSR and TSI 2 2. The previous telephone radio has also been discontinued and replaced by the three program chains of Swiss Satellite Radio.

In the reorganization of 1999, the SRG received its name to SRG SSR idée suisse, is the " Swiss idea" for the public service are.

Opened in 1999, Swiss Radio International, the first Internet platform of the SRG. On worldwide access to the SRG programs and information from Switzerland was made possible. In the same year the virus was the first digital radio in Switzerland on the air.

As of 2001, Swiss Radio International changed its strategy and turned into a multi-media company, operating from now on under the name swissinfo.

As of 2003, the SRG sent all their television and radio programs digitally via satellite.

2006 marked the SRG SSR idée suisse its 75th anniversary and launched alongside a Media Charter a public discussion about the public service.

At 2007, the SRG began as the first ( " public ") television network in Europe with the free to air HD television under the name HD suisse.

On 18 May 2010 Roger de Weck was elected to succeed Armin Walpen the new Director General of SRG. He took office on January 1, 2011.