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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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Many refugees rely on social assistance
Social welfare cases in Switzerland are on the rise, and the numbers are quite high among refugees. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) In 2016, the number of people in Switzerland claiming welfare increased...
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
Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva is one of the most impressive and most visited medieval castles in Europe, but its managers are now worried about its upkeep. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) --- swissinfo.ch...
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)...
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...
Is it time for public transport to lift off?
Lake Zurich is to get a new cable car, and other Swiss cities could be going down the same route. Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world....

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