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Radio, Studio Bern: Only one in five wants to join the parade

As the new SRF-Chief Nathalie Wappler attended last week for the first time after their assumption of office, the radio Studio Bern, it was by the employees already in advance informed about the mood in the capital Studio of the Swiss Radio and television: the representatives of The SSM (Swiss syndicate of media professionals) in the SRF editorial staff had conducted in March, an employee survey, in which 169 of 220 is signed by the employee involved. Were asked the employees of Radio SRF as well as the production center TPC.

the reason for the survey, the decision of the SRG SSR management Board from September 2018, the radio Studio Bern, with its 180 full-time jobs relocate to the headquarters in Zurich. In contrast, there were loud protests from the employees, as well as from the policy. Now the Union wanted to know how the Bernese workforce of SRF thinks about it today as it is the mood and Motivation.

The result is devastating: Many employees do not want to join the reins action. 38 percent of respondents, internally or externally to a different place look around, learn something new or to retire. A good third is waiting to see which place will offer the conditions for them to SRF. Only 22 percent of those who participated in the survey, and know now already that you will commute to Zürich. "We believe that these statements are credible", it says in the summary. The participant would have otherwise had the opportunity, "I'll wait".

Little confidence in the leadership

In April 2018 177 employees at the end of the Bernese radio studios in a letter to the SRG Board of Directors in their rejection of the relocation plans. Over half of the respondents is still vehemently against it. Three-quarters of them are not able to understand the arguments of the SRF management for the move. These are as follows, the move was for economical reasons and because of the digital advancement is necessary. In addition, the majority of respondents do not trust the managers that the moving consideration will fully and professionally to go on the stage. Three-quarters are of this view.

More than half of the publicist evaluated head as deficient: The editor-in-chief was often absent, and they delegate leadership tasks to the heads of service and do not have the journalistic everyday life in the handle. Three-quarters of, and have little confidence in the editor-in-chief. Also, the identification with the company, which is at SRG units, according to previous employee surveys tends to be high, suffered by the employees of the Bernese radio studios. 77 percent indicate that they identified for the relocation decision in September, less strongly with SRF.

radio boss Lis Borner responds to the question of whether the SRF could make this probable loss of Knowledge, not personally. It is today difficult to reach, says SRF's spokesperson Andrea Wenger, and answers to Lis Borners: In personal interviews show that there are different moods to the move project – the a wanted even a faster move to Zurich. "The editor-in-chief, as many employees as possible to take with you." On the criticism of the editor-in-chief Andrea admits Wenger that the austerity measures from last year, and the reduction of a Person in the editor-in-chief in everyday life began to appear. The editor-in-chief was investigating how it could increase its presence in the radio Studio Bern in everyday life. The break situation of the employees kidding, is understandable. "It speaks to the professionalism of employees on the transmitter of it is audible nothing."

national Council decides in may

The SRG is already in the planning of the move. Even interventions, however, are in Parliament to be appointed to the SRG, the centralization of Radio - and TV-production. Six similar parliamentary initiatives submitted by the party President of the Green up to the SVP with the exception of the FDP and the green-liberal – want to change the law accordingly. The national Council telecommunications Commission has rejected the initiatives in January, with 14 to 10 votes. The national Council decides, probably in a special session at the beginning of may.

Regula Rytz, one of the Initiators of the parliamentary initiatives, there is concern over the development in the Bernese Studio. "The radio programs to enjoy in the population, a high level of credibility. It is negligent to put that trust in jeopardy." If good journalists would leave the Radio, hazardous to the built up over decades quality. It was not in the interest of paying dues, says Rytz. They hope, therefore, that the national Council, the parliamentary initiatives transfer.

cantons insist on the political centre

The Lobbying in relation to the national Council's decision to take: of The city of Berne President Alec von graffenried called on the new SRF-Director: Nathalie Wappler, in a letter, to wait with the preparations for the move, and until the councils have finally decided on the initiatives. This was highlighted in a request in the Bernese Council, as reported.

And the capital region of Switzerland, an Association of the cantons of Bern, Fribourg, neuchâtel, Solothurn and Valais, has turned in mid-March, in a letter to the national councils. The signatories of the parliamentarians to ask for the amendment of the act to agree with. Broadcasts such as the "Echo time", the "rendezvous" with day-to-day conversation, SRF News SRF economy, the foreign correspondent and the news on the radio were one of the flagships of the political Information in Switzerland. This Information belong in the capital region, to the political center. The capital region would have been after the reins of action, not a journalistic decision-making the centre more, they write.

move until 2022?

Nathalie Wappler, however, has communicated to the Berner staff to stand behind the relocation decision. That's what she said last November, shortly after her appointment to the SRF-Boss, in an Interview with the "NZZ on Sunday": you do not share the political concerns about cohesion in the country: The domestic editorial staff will stay in Bern, and the network of correspondents will strengthened even more.

Only the modalities of the move, said Wappler on her first official visit in Bern, you'll make use of a journalistic concept-dependent, that is currently a work in progress. And the Studio probably won't reined in, as planned, in the next year, but maybe not until 2022, and let you through. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 02.04.2019, 17:16 PM

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