"We provide a window on Switzerland. In our reporting, we try to make sense of this small but economically powerful multilingual country and the many things that make it unique, for a readership that spans the globe."

Dale Bechtel
Head of the English Department

FOREWORD TO THE
2016 ANNUAL REPORT

We are often asked how SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) selects its topics. And given the almost endless torrent of information, it's a fair question. In the past media professionals thought they knew what readers wanted and needed, and they made their own decisions about what to report on. But those times are gone. Today empirical analysis, together with user surveys and comments, makes it possible to identify public preferences with a relatively high degree of precision.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA M. BIELER

"Switzerland has strong global interrelationships: it shapes foreign countries, it exercises influence, it depends on foreign countries – journalistically we have to position ourselves more strongly"

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Oscar Knapp

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"TWITTERVIEW" WITH BALZ RIGENDINGER

Chief Editor for Switzerland

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Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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SWI SWISSINFO.CH
ACTUALLY DO?

SOCIAL MEDIA AT
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in 2017

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The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

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Introducing the Multimedia team
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There’s plastic in your beer: here’s why
Plastic is all around us: it's so present in our everyday lives we don't just find it in our cupboards and on our desks, we even find it inside human bodies. A study ...
Parties' position on gender equality
On October 20, a new parliament was elected and never before have so many women been chosen as parliamentarians. While their election can be viewed as a ...
Three surprises and one piece of sad news
Last Sunday's federal election was historic for many reasons, but also disappointing for some voters, as for the first time it wasn't possible to vote electronically.
How to choose your candidatesplatforms
The federal elections are coming up this Sunday and there are 3 websites where you can take a quiz to find out which candidate suits you the best. The number ...
Where do Swiss parties stand on environmental policies?
On October 20 the Swiss will elect their new parliament and all eyes are on the Greens and Liberal Greens, who could profit from the environmentalist hype ...
How a father-son duo is helping save bees
Pascal Brunner is a young Swiss who grew up in a beekeeping family. He and his father have launched a start-up that combats one of today's biggest threats to ...
What Swiss living abroad want from politicians at home
What do Swiss citizens abroad expect from a new parliament? From the politics of their homeland? We asked them. --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of ...
What Swiss living abroad want from politicians at home
What do Swiss citizens abroad expect from a new parliament? From the politics of their homeland? We asked them. --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of ...
This Swiss start-up wants to help us empathise190924 HoloMe EN HSUB
What if you could beam people into your world, not using futuristic equipment, but a smartphone? This is what HoloMe, a Swiss start-up in London, sees as the ...
A sex change in the army
Lieutenant colonel Christian Hug told his bosses that he was going to become a woman. The army supported his decision and now Christine is the first ...

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SWI Highlights 2017

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, 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, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Cinzia dal Zotto 
Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

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"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland." 

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

THE OSA AND
SWI SWISSINFO.CH

A summary by
Ariane Rustichelli,
Director of the OSA

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201720162015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) 13 -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'807 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'820 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 49.9 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 49.9 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 377 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 2.0 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 370.0 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'466 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 630 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0 0.0

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