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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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Diplomatic back channels: when Reagan and Gorbachev met in Geneva
Biden and Putin will meet in Geneva in June 2021. Back in 1985, the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in the Swiss city had proved to be a turning point in the Cold ...
How robot cars may transport freight under Switzerland
Cargo sous terrain, or underground cargo, is a futuristic Swiss freight project aimed at relieving pressure off existing roads and other infrastructure. The plan is to ...
Swiss woman's grandchildren held in Syrian camp
This is the story of a Swiss woman who desperately wants her grandchildren to be brought back from a Kurdish-controlled camp in Syria, even if it means taking ...
Protest over academic collaboration with China
The Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is one of three European institutions cooperating with a university in China with ties to the military. Not all ZHdK staff and ...
Hollywood gives Swiss bankers a bad rap
To foreigners, Switzerland often means Alpine mountains, cows, chocolates – and tax evasion. As Frédéric Maire, director of the Swiss national film archives, ...
Napoleon Bonaparte’s impact on Switzerland
To mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death, Swiss Public Television SRF takes a closer look at the changes he brought about in Switzerland, as he ...
Covid-19: WHO really calls the shots?
How much do we really know about the World Health Organization – the agency that Covid-19 has thrust into the spotlight? Its job it is to promote universal ...
Lynx thrive in Switzerland 50 years after reintroduction
It's been 50 years since lynx were reintroduced to the wild in Switzerland after dying out. ⁠ ⁠ The species became extinct due to population growth leading to ...
A positive mindset through the Covid pandemic
The pandemic blues is affecting different age groups in many countries around the world, as people keep on fighting the third wave of Covid-19 and patiently ...
What Switzerland and North Korea have in common
In both North Korea and Switzerland, the omnipresence of high mountains most probably affects the national psyche. An exhibition at the Alpine Museum in Bern ...

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