"The great service offered by swissinfo.ch is something often brought up at the many meetings I have with Swiss people living abroad."

Oscar Knapp
SWI Committee

Foreword to the
2016 Annual Report

The year that just ended was as eventful as it was successful for our company. January saw Larissa M. Bieler take over as Editor in Chief and immediately set a new editorial tone. In June, the Federal Council approved the new international remit for 2017–2020, which had been carefully negotiated between OFCOM and SRG SSR. Then, in August, we invested considerable resources in covering the centenary congress of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) (#WeAreSwissAbroad).

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Eight questions

for our Editor in Chief
Larissa M. Bieler
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Remarks by the
SWI swissinfo.ch Public Council

Discussions and meetings
The Public Council held three regular meetings in its new configuration in 2016. The joint meeting with the Committee of the SRG Board of Directors responsible for SWI swissinfo.ch was held in February. The new President, Urs Ziswiler, attended three meetings of the Committees of the various SRG Public Councils. Prior to the June meeting, the Council attended the meeting of all editorial staff, making three presentations at the event.

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SWI swissinfo.ch
Swiss TV SRF

and the international
media landscape

POV and observations by a 55y/o Swiss who lived half his life in CH and the other half in Southern California.

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Washington’s story
of the year

as told by SWI swissinfo.ch

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Swiss Abroad

2016

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“The renewal of the charter between the Swiss Confederation and SRG SSR (SWI) for the 2017 to 2020 period is evidence of the recognition and appreciation afforded to swissinfo.ch‘s achievements and impact to date.

For us, it is an enormous motivation to keep developing our online services according to what our readers want, and thereby make a relevant contribution to Swiss public value"

Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Lucy Küng

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Regula Bührer Fecker

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Oscar Knapp

Ombudswoman SWI
Sylvia Egli von Matt

100 YEARS OF THE OSA – #WEARESWISSABROAD

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, the Public Council ensures close contact between the programme managers and the audience.

The Public Council advises the managers in all programme matters and monitors and supports programme work with observations, suggestions and ideas. It regularly evaluates the development, organization and success of the international mandate in terms of quality, relevance, variety and uniqueness.

Urs Ziswiler, President of the Public Council
Former ambassador (Canada, USA, Spain), member of the Board of Directors and member of various committees since 2013, Zurich

Diccon Bewes, Vice-president
author and bookseller, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Takemitsu Morikawa 
Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Lucerne and Zurich, Lucerne

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Organization chart

Key figures

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2016 2015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0

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Lucy Küng
SWI Committee

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Many refugees rely on social assistance
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People with mental illness help each other
How can mentally ill people find work more easily or find the courage to take another step on the road to recovery? One answer is if they have the support of people who have been through something...
'Swissmade' label: the pros and cons
In recent years, the Swiss watch-making industry has suffered from the strong Swiss franc and export-related difficulties. The figures are gradually improving. But for some companies the “Swissne...
Famous castle faces funding shortfall
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Boris Johnson's "mummy"
This is thought to be UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson's great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. The best-known mummy in Switzerland was for decades a riddle to scientists. After 40 years,...
Swiss medical students follow their dream in Romania
It's notoriously difficult to gain university places in medicine and veterinary science in Switzerland, so a growing number of Swiss are going to Romania to study instead. (RTS/swissinfo.ch)...
Working the land like our ancestors did
Can agroforestry fight soil and air pollution? Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep up to date and watch the videos wherever you...
Hale-and-hearty pensioners help their elders
When “young” pensioners invest time in helping those more senior than themselves: a St. Gallen-based model is breaking new ground in Switzerland. The first-ever scientific report on the...
Forget fish and chips, this is raclette, London-style
Switzerland's famous cheese dish is going down a treat in London, whether in “revisited” form on the Camden Market or in a more classic style on the Borough Market. Valais' “national...
A Swiss director in Hollywood
The film “The Divine Order” directed by Petra Volpe was a hit at the box office in Switzerland and also attracted considerable attention abroad. Swiss public television, SRF, visited Petra...

“DEAR DEMOCRACY,
HOW ARE YOU?” #DEARDEMOCRACY

From the Arab Spring to Brexit, from Trump to “fake” news: direct democracy is a hot topic. Reflective of this, Swiss students came up with the evocative hashtag #DearDemocracy for an event for which SWI swissinfo.ch was media partner. This is now the name of our platform on modern direct democracy, the most important topic addressed by swissinfo.ch. This article explains what is behind #DearDemocracy.

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TRUSTED TWEET?

Fact checking the rumours spread on social media

SWI Highlights 2016

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