"The swissinfo.ch website does not publish enough articles about business and finance. The few items on these subjects are too short, and are generally published only in three national languages."

Takemitsu Morikawa
SWI Public Council

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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”swissinfo.ch explains Switzerland, its unique democratic processes and hot topics in ten languages – and all in a top-class digital format. At a time of growing international tensions, with democratic processes under threat, swissinfo.ch has an increasingly important contribution to make.”

Lucy Küng
SWI Committee

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Quiet old age? No, thank you!
The number of elderly people in Switzerland is growing, the fastest being pensioners aged 65-84. Swiss public television, SRF met two of them and asked them ...
Swiss hospitals come under scrutiny over CT scans
Computer tomography (CT) is a helpful diagnostic tool, but if used too much, can lead to excessive radiation exposure. So the Swiss government is set to monitor ...
Helping depressed Swiss farmers
In Canton Vaud eight farmers committed suicide in 2016. One reason is that many are struggling to make a living, and that leads to depression. A pastor, who ...
Young people taking more interest in politics
Young people are taking to the streets to fight for what they believe in, and smartphones are partly to blame. A political scientist explains the resurgent trend.
Making military training cooler
How can the Swiss Army become more cool? This is currently being discussed among Swiss parliamentarians. Meanwhile the army is already taking steps to ...
Max Frisch, an intellectual heavyweight
A new book has been published containing the best interviews and conversations with Max Frisch, the Swiss playwright and novelist, who died in 1991.
Switzerland sees influx of Guinean asylum seekers
The number of people from Guinea seeking refuge in Switzerland rose significantly during the first three months of 2017. The reason for the increase is unclear.
My town - ordinary but extraordinary
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. She lives with them in Langenthal in canton Bern, where the biggest danger is being ...
Swiss or Tamil? Caught in the middle.
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Sometimes she doesn't know where she belongs. But then she also feels like this ...
Fake news spotting tool gets better
An EU-funded project to develop a tool to spot false information online has made “a lot of progress”, but the technology still has a way to go. (Julie Hunt ...

“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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