It’s HD day!


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Swiss television and radio stations owned by the public broadcasting company SSR all have new logos 29 February to mark the convergence of radio and television into one national entity. The change coincides with the arrival today of high-definition television in the country. Home TV viewers are likely to first notice, in […]

Swiss Germans to have TV, radio in French

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Federal Council agreed Tuesday 11 October to allow SSR, Switzerland’s public broadcast corporation, to start broadcasting in French in the country’s German-speaking regions. Programmes picked up from TSR and RSR, in French, will be sub-titled for German language audiences. Italian-language programmes from Radiotelevisione Svizzera (RSI) are also covered by the […]

Two Brits among those investigated in Geneva for bribery, money laundering

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss public broadcaster Radio Suisse Romande (RSR) reports that three Al Rushaid Petroleum Investment Corp employees have been charged by the Geneva public prosecutor in a bribery and money-laundering case. Two British nationals and one Pakistani working for the drilling division of Al Rushaid may have accepted millions of dollars in […]

280 women could have defective silicone gel breast implants

Silicone gel filled breast implants (not PIP) - Photo FDA

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – At least 280 women who had breast implants in Switzerland may have received silicone prostheses intended for industrial and not for medical use, confirms Swissmedic, which overseas medical product safety in the country. Swissmedic confirmed a story that Swiss public radio, RSR, broke 31 January during its morning show, On en […]

Swiss public broadcasting streamlines administration

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss Public Broadcasting Corporation, SSR, will be tightening its belt in January by streamlining its administrative structure. The company will be acting on the advice of Roger de Weck, who takes over in January as chief executive officer, to reduce the senior management team from nine members with four “paticipants” to […]

Swiss public media in red, seeks right to run more ads

Deficit for 2010 expected to soar due to sports coverage Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – SSR, Swiss public broadcasting, is seeking the right to raise more funds through advertising and license fees, saying its funding situation is “critical” with a third annual deficit of CHF75 million expected for 2010. The figure was put forward Tuesday 27 […]

Swiss public media to cut 100 jobs

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Journalists will be spared but 100 of their colleagues in support services at SSR, Swiss Public Broadcasting Corporation, will lose their jobs between now and 2014. Support services, with 735 employees, include: computer services, real estate, logistics, human resources, training, communications, marketing, and accounting. SSR owns TSR television, RSR radio and […]

Roth to head Swiss joint TV-radio news team

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Jean-Jacques Roth, who has just resigned as editor in chief of Le Temps newspaper, has been named to head the joint television-radio news team at the recently created Radio Television Suisse Romande (RTSR). The new entity is the result of the merger of public radio and television stations RSR and TSR, […]

Change your WRS radio settings!


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – World Radio Switzerland (WRS), public radio in English, moves to 101.7 on the FM band 8 December, in the Geneva region, the station announced 3 December. Change your settings before next Tuesday! The move does not affect listeners who pick up WRS via online streaming, satellite, cable or DAB. WorldRadio Switzerland, […]

French-language Swiss radio and TV merger goes ahead

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – RSR radio and TSR television will be reborn as RTS, Radio Télévision Suisse in January, when the regional media will merge. The two are part of the SSR group, Switzerland’s public media company. The merger was announced Wednesday 25 November to staff at the two stations in Lausanne and Geneva. A […]