Swiss radio and television

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Swiss radio and television

legal form Branch of SRG SSR
founding January 1, 2011
Seat Zurich , SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSwitzerland 
management Nathalie Wappler
Number of employees 2295 (January 1, 2020)
Branch broadcast

The Swiss Radio and Television ( SRF ) is a company that January 1, 2011 through the merger of Swiss Radio DRS and Swiss television was born. The new corporate unit of SRG SSR thus became the largest electronic media company in German-speaking Switzerland . SRF has four main studios in Basel , Bern and Zurich (2).


The company Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen was created on January 1st, 2011 by merging the formerly independent companies Schweizer Radio DRS and Schweizer Fernsehen. Initially, however, the names SF and SR DRS continued to be used on television and radio. A change to the name SRF took place gradually. Since December 16, 2012, the television and radio stations have been operating under the SRF brand.


The merger carried out under the project name “Medienkonvergenz SRG.D” is part of the German-speaking Swiss part of the “Medienkonvergenz und Wirtschaftlichkeit” project decided by SRG SSR in March 2009 . The aim of the project is to merge the business units for each language region and to establish closer cooperation between radio, television and online.

The company has a total of six program departments. While the four departments “Programs”, “Culture”, “Sport” and “Entertainment” are organized across media, two separate editors-in-chief were created in the journalistic core area for radio and television for media policy considerations . Furthermore, the production of radio and television programs as well as the previously separately managed IT areas were concentrated in the Technology and Production Center Switzerland (tpc). With the children's program Zambo , the first convergence production was launched in the entertainment sector in August 2010.

The previous editor-in-chief of Schweizer Radio DRS (Radio Society of German and Romansh Switzerland), Rudolf Matter , was elected as director of the new company . On November 5, 2018, the elected Board of Directors of SRG SSR Nathalie Wappler , then program director of the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR), the new director of SRF. After Ingrid Deltenre , who ran Swiss television (SF) from 2004 to 2009, Wappler is the second woman to head Swiss television (which has since merged with radio). Wappler took up her position in March 2019.


TV channel

SRF television studio Zurich Leutschenbach

Swiss radio and television operates three television stations:

  • SRF 1 , main channel
  • SRF two , mainly sports and entertainment
  • SRF info , repetition channel, especially for information broadcasts and event channel also for sports

Radio station

SRF radio studio Zurich Brunnenhof

The company owns six radio stations:

In addition, SRF broadcasts the three music specialty programs Radio Swiss Pop , Radio Swiss Classic and Radio Swiss Jazz via Swiss Satellite Radio . They can be received via DAB + , satellite , cable and Internet radio.

Regional journal

Several issues of the regional journals have been broadcast daily on SRF1 since 1978. They report on events in the regions and cantons in the areas of politics, business, culture and sport. The following regional journals are broadcast:

  • Regional Journal Zurich and Schaffhausen (Radio Studio Zurich)
  • Regional Journal Eastern Switzerland (Regional Studio St. Gallen)
  • Regional Journal Central Switzerland (Regional Studio Lucerne)
  • Regional Journal Basel (Radiostudio Basel)
  • Regional Journal Aargau and Solothurn (Regional Studio Aarau)
  • Regional Journal Bern, Friborg and Valais (Radiostudio Bern)
  • Regional Journal Graubünden (Regional Studio Chur)

While the regional journals are being broadcast, the FM transmitter network is split regionally. All regional journals are broadcast in parallel across German-speaking Switzerland via DAB +. There is thus a SRF1 Eastern Switzerland, SRF1 Central Switzerland etc.


SRF operates the television station 3sat with ARD , ZDF and ORF . In the news and entertainment sector, SRF works closely with ARD and ZDF. SRF also delivers individual programs for the Franco-German cultural program Arte . SRF participates in several Eurovision programs.

External TV providers

SRF also offers broadcast times for other TV providers in Switzerland:

YouTube channels

On YouTube, SRF operates a multi-channel network with around 9,000 videos on 18 channels with the names SRF Einstein , Zwei am Morge , Clip and klar , Deville , Late Update , No. 47 , SRF 3 , SRF Archiv , SRF Comedy , SRF Digital , SRF DOK , SRF Kassensturz , SRF Kultur , SRF Musik, SRF Sport , SRF Virus , Tama Gotcha! as well as True Talk , SRG Insider and SRF Forward (as of February 2020). The clip and clear channel is primarily for children and the Youngbulanz and Zwei am Morge channels are aimed primarily at young people; the topics range from current events to comedy and talk to sexuality.


All television and radio stations can be received via cable in almost all of Switzerland and can be accessed via live stream in Switzerland. The radio stations can also be heard via live stream outside of Switzerland. The channels are broadcast across Europe via the Hotbird satellite , but SRF 1 and SRF Zwei broadcast encrypted.

Radio SRF 2 Kultur and Radio SRF 3 are broadcast in German-speaking Switzerland via VHF, and Radio SRF 1 is broadcast throughout Switzerland. The rest of the radio stations are not broadcast over FM. Since 2012, all SRF radio programs have also been broadcast on DAB + .

Some information programs from SRF are also broadcast on shortwave via the Kall-Krekel transmitter.

SRG will broadcast its television programs via satellite in the UHD standard (also known as 4K) in the course of 2021 . The programs will then be shown in a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels - previously the SRG broadcast in HD , i.e. with 720 pixels. This makes the images much sharper and the colors more authentic. It is still unclear when the SRG stations will also be broadcast in UHD in the cable networks of Swisscom, UPC and Co. However, these should react quickly and offer the SRG programs in UHD and HD at the same time.


Stefan Reinhart, Germany correspondent TV editor-in-chief for SRF, here in front of the Hanover Regional Court on the day of the acquittal of the former German President. D. Christian Wulff

SRF has several studios. The television productions are made in the Zurich Leutschenbach studios . These studios in the north of the city were built in the 1970s.

The radio productions are produced in three main studios located in Basel , Bern and Zurich Brunnenhof, as well as in four regional studios in Aarau , Chur , St. Gallen and Lucerne . The radio stations Radio SRF 1, Radio SRF 3, Radio SRF Musikwelle and Radio SRF Virus are largely produced in Zurich. Radio SRF 2 Kultur is produced in Studio Basel. The radio news programs and Radio SRF 4 News are produced in the Bern studio. The regional journals of Radio SRF 1 are broadcast from all seven radio studios.

Together with the SRG sister units, SRF operates the Bundeshaus studio in Bern. It is a modern television and radio studio for the parliament and regional correspondents.

TPC Switzerland AG

The SRG subsidiary TPC Switzerland AG was responsible for the entire technology and production of the television, radio and multimedia features of Swiss Radio and Television SRF in all SRF studios .


Around 40 permanently stationed and traveling foreign correspondents report for radio and television SRF from six continents. Another 25 correspondents report from all parts of Switzerland. Some of the correspondents are freelance.

See also

Web links

Commons : Swiss radio and television  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Portrait of Swiss radio and television. In: Swiss Radio and Television (SRF). Retrieved January 24, 2016 .
  2. Company. Management. Retrieved on April 25, 2020 : "Director of Swiss Radio and Television and Deputy Director General SRG"
  3. employees. In: Swiss Radio and Television (SRF). 2020, accessed January 14, 2020 .
  4. ^ SRF: The history of radio in Switzerland from 1911–2008
  5. Media convergence and profitability ( memento of the original from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , SRG SSR idée suisse , March 18, 2008. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. ↑ Consolidation of the corporate units per language region decided ( Memento of the original from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , SRG SSR idée suisse, press release of March 19, 2010. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Media convergence SRG SSR: detailed concept for SRG German-speaking Switzerland adopted ( memento of December 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), SRG SSR idée suisse, press release of June 21, 2010.
  8. Head of department appointed by SRF ( memento of December 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), SRG SSR idée suisse, press release of August 30, 2010.
  9. Nathalie Wappler becomes the new SRF director. In: SRF News. 5th November 2018.
  10. Nathalie Wappler on the SRG SSR website, accessed on April 25, 2019.
  11. 40 years of Regi - First the cacophony was on:
  12. SRF1 regional news
  13. SRF - Journalistic offer - TV programs ,, accessed May 2, 2017.
  14. SRF YouTube channels , YouTube, accessed February 11, 2020.
  15. As of next year, SRG will broadcast in Ultra UD In: from May 12, 2020.
  16. SRG.G: Purpose ago pomp - a look into the history of SRG Studios
  17. SRG.D: Radio Studio Basel
  18. ^ SRG Studio Bundeshaus
  19. Switzerland and worldwide - dense network of correspondents. Retrieved January 14, 2020 .

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