In colonial New England, the center of village life was the common green in the heart of the village. It was there that citizens met; it was there that discussions took place as well as market sales much like the Place de Marché in many small Swiss towns. The common green was a public space [...]
Veteran journalist Ed Girardet reacts to the decision of the SBC to put WRS up for sale, writing that “back mountain bureaucrats in Bern have never known quite how to handle Geneva or Switzerland’s crucial expatriate communities”. His full post is here.
The Board of Directors of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation has decided to privatize World Radio Switzerland. The full press release is here.
The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, the parent of WRS, saw a profit in 2011, for the first time in five years. The SBC ended the year in the black nearly 26 million francs, with revenue of 1.6 billion francs. The turn-around comes as the SBC continues a review and restructuring of its offerings. Recently the SBC announced [...]
Tribune de Genève reports on the Geneva expat community’s reaction to the possible closure of World Radio Switzerland.
According to the “Save WRS” website, 3000 thousand petitions have been delivered today to the Board of Directors of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Quoting Board Chairman Raymond Lorétan, the daily paper Le Temps reported a few days ago that while the future of WRS would be on the agenda of today’s board meeting, “no decision [...]
French-speaking weekly magazine L’Hebdo analyzes the possible reasons behind the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s plan to either shut down or privatize WRS and has politicians reacting to the news. ( Full piece in pdf here )
The Swiss Broadcating Corporation is considering shutting down WRS, its English-speaking radio. It would be a grave mistake writes François Nordmann in influential Swiss newspaper Le Temps. “No other language has ever been spoken by so many people in so many places. A billion and a half people communicate in English on five continents. For [...]
Geneva-based daily newspaper Le Temps reports on the nationwide reaction to the possible closure of World Radio Switzerland. The article reveals that the Geneva cantonal government and the Fondation pour Genève have already written to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation to express their concern over the planned closure or privatization of WRS. The newspaper also quotes Pierre Maudet, the mayor of [...]
From Malcolm Curtis’s blog in today’s Tribune de Genève: “Chief among the station’s roles is explaining Switzerland to Anglophones through current affairs programming, while offering the Swiss an insight into the English-speaking world of international organizations and companies based in their country.” “As others have pointed out, WRS’s budget of around four million francs amounts to a [...]