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 […]

RTS public radio-TV tower evacuated: bomb threat (update)

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The RTS (Television Suisse Romande) tower on Boulevard Ansermat in Geneva was evacuated at 10:50 Thursday morning 13 January for an hour, following what police are calling a “credible” bomb threat. Some 1,000 employees were gathered nearby 10 minutes later, as police began to search the building. TSR public television remained […]

Former TSR presenter tapped as pedophile in Pays de Gex

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A popular presenter of rock music programmes for Swiss public television TSR in the 1980s, who lives in France, was placed under house arrest 13 December, by French police in Gex. The man, who cannot be named publicly in Switzerland, although he is named in France, is accused of committing sexual […]

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 […]

Annual TV, radio license fee to boost SSR revenues

SSR cost-cutting part of the deal Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Billag, the company that charges households a Swiss television and license fee which forms a key component in the budget of SSR, Swiss public broadcasting, will bill only once a year starting in 2011, the Swiss government has decided. The annual fee for private households […]

Plum pie: that annual Geneva favourite (French lesson included!)

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – (Video link included) Some dishes are simply delicious; others we love because of the memories they evoke. It’s not always easy to fall in love with the specialties in a country where you didn’t grow up. I’ve always loved American apple pie and I have a certain amount of fame in […]

Chinese water maze doesn’t dampen spirits

I was in China for the finals of the Chinese Bridges international competition for university students of Chinese in early August. I was amazed by the language and drama skills of the top 12, who performed to an audience of 100 million TV viewers. But I’d only heard about, hadn’t seen, one of the pre-finals […]

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 […]