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A petition rallying against the possible closure or privatization of WRS was submitted to the chairman of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s board of directors last Friday.
According to the website savewrs.com around 3,000 people have the signed the petition.
A letter accompanying it argues that the station should remain in public hands.
It quotes a number of listeners who have left comments on savewrs.com website in support of the station.
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Switzerland has been on my personal GPS for years. It’s a lovely country with fantastic people, and even though I struggle with the language(s) – I speak some passable German, so-so French, and zero Italian – English seems to get me around the country. World Radio Switzerland is a godsend. I love the fact I can keep up with the latest news in my native tongue, which is the worldwide language of business. You should be lauded for providing some a first-class radio station. The quality of the reporting and anchoring is superb and I love the stories they weave. I remember fondly my trips to Switzerland when I played ice hockey in Europe as a 21 year old. Even today, generations later, World Radio helps me connect to your lovely country. It would be shameful if this station is taken off the air. Please, I beg you, rethink your decision, and keep an English gate open so Swiss-loving people like me can enjoy the full bounty your gorgeous country has to offer. Thanks so much for taking the time to read through this, and best of luck in the future. Rick Drennan, editor Mississauga and Brampton Business Times newspapers, Canadian Golfer magazine, and The Travelling Golfer.
I love listening to WRS online even though I rarely visit Switzerland now that I am living in Cape Town, South Africa. WRS is interesting to listen to and very informative. The shows are fun and I especially love The Mix and Kids In Mind.
WRS has been a marvellous aid in helping my wife and I settle into our new home, Geneva. Please don’t close it down. It’s our main source of news about Switzerland. We love WRS.
Cher Monsieur le Président de la SSR-SRG, je vie en Suisse depuis 9 ans. Je paies mes impots ici depuis lors et je paie ma redevance. Mais moi j’aime ecouter la SSR dans une langue autre que celles prévues par la mission officielle de la SRG. Est ce que je n’ai pas droit à écouter le service public aussi en anglais ? et ce n’est pas le devoir de la SRG de servir aussi ces citoyens avec un autre passeport que celui suisse mais qui vivent et paient leurs impots ici ? quel droit s’applique au service public de radio télévision en Suisse ? celui du terroir ou celui du sang ,ou, pour etre plus concret, celui des impots ? No representation if no taxation disent les anglais. Mais s’il y a taxation, alors est ce que j’ai aussi droit à avoir mon service public dans lalangue des organizations internationales que la Suisse se vante d’abriter plus que quiconque autre en Europe ?
I am a binational Swiss UK citizen, born in Geneva - WRS is so much more interesting in its approach to our local Swiss news and understanding of politics- It’s the one cultural VITAL thing for all internationals and more to feel part of both worlds- there are so many of us here and the nature of Geneva created us and how dare you take this so lifeblood away from us!? In my view, you have an obligation to make and keep this public service available. Everything Geneva ’se vante’ d’avoir - WRS is a must for Switzerland’s international as well as the Swiss who wish a more ’worldly’ view of issues in our troubled globalised world. There is no sense in cutting WRS from the public service it offers- might as well ask all the UN professionals and International Companies to move away to where their needs will be better met !!!! I think it’s completely shameful and I am sad that Switzerland yet again is going backwards culturally by one or maybe 2 generations!!!!!!!!!!!! How terribly frustrating!