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Lucy Küng

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Oscar Knapp

Sylvia Egli von Matt

SWI swissinfo.ch committee

Lucy Küng 
© SRG SSR / Marcel Grubenmann
Chair, Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo, Visiting Fellow at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford

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© SRG SSR / Marcel Grubenmann
Communications expert, partner and founder of communication agency Rod Kommunikation, lecturer and speaker on the subjects of strategic planning and crossmedia at a number of Swiss educational institutions, Zurich

Oscar Knapp 
© SRG SSR / Marcel Grubenmann
Former Swiss ambassador, former member of management at the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters, Federal Department of Finance, Scuol

Ombudswoman SWI
Sylvia Egli von Matt
Vice-president of the Federal Media Commission

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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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Are circus animals an endangered species?
Although Switzerland has really strong animal welfare laws, animals are still used in circuses. How do other countries compare? Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current...
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Behind the scenes with our online media team
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When shopping gets political
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How well do we recycle plastic?
There are various ways of recycling plastic waste in Switzerland. Yet compared with other countries we recycle too little. A study now shows that expanding ways for people to get rid of plastic...
The forgotten story of Swiss au pairs in Britain
In the inter-war and post-war years, Britain was a popular destination for Swiss women. Working as au-pairs, they learned about life in Britain and many fell in love with the country and its...
St Nicholas’s sidekick – where does he come from?
Three theories about where St Nick's helper comes from and why he has a blackened face… Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep...
Remembering ‘French Elvis’ in Switzerland
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Making fun of migration stereotypes
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week she interviews Arman and Sascha from Austria, who have made a feature film ("Die Migrantigen”), poking fun...
A Swiss architect’s love affair with a village set to become a hotel
An architect who once studied a small mountain community in Ticino weighs in on plans to turn it into a hotel to keep it from dying out. (swissinfo.ch/RTS) Thomas Amsler, who now lives in...

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch constitution, 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, Bern

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Bern

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

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

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Urs Ziswiler

Diccon Bewes

Chok Woo

Marina Karlin

Takemitsu Morikawa

“The renewal of the charter between the Swiss Confede-
ration and SRG SSR (SWI) for the 2017 to 2020 period isevidence 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 Finance + Controlling,
Dep. Director

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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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

Personnel statistics

Number of employees 2016 % Number of employees 2015 %
 
Total 102 100 104 100.0
Collective employment contract (CEA) 91 89.2 93 89.4
Trainees 0 0.0 0 0.0
Executive employees 11 10.8 11 10.6
Temporary employees 0 0.0 0 0.0
 
Men 58 56.9 59 56.7
of which full-time employees 28 27.5 29 27.9
of which part-time employees 30 29.4 30 28.8
 
Women 44 43.1 45 43.3
of which full-time employees 15 14.7 10 9.6
of which part-time employees 29 28.4 35 33.7
 
Total part-time employees 59 57.8 64 61.5
 
Nationality: CH 77 75.5 77 74.0
Nationality: EU 15 14.7 15 14.4
Nationality: other 10 9.8 12 11.5
 
Number of represented
nations (without CH)
14 14
 
Full-time positions 84.6 84.5