Bid to end TV and radio fee fails comprehensively
The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation – the SRG - says the vote to keep the license fee is a new beginning for the company.
The director general of the SRG, Giles Marchand, says the vote has allowed for a major debate for the future of broadcasting in Switzerland and acknowledges the landscape has changed completely in the last few years.
The vote to end the fee failed comprehensively. 71.6% of the people rejected the measure as well as all the cantons.
But the vote doesn’t mean there will be no change. The government has already agreed to a cut of CHF 100 to the fee and the SRG has committed to reducing its budget by CHF 100m a year.
One of the first changes, the SRG says it will show movies on television without ad breaks from next year.