Switzerland has a diverse offering of radio and television stations, thanks to the Radio and Television Act, and thanks also to OFCOM.
OFCOM serves as an advisor to the privately operated and SSR (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) radio and television stations in the procedures for granting licences or in the application of the obligations set out in the licence.
But rules also have to be complied with. And this needs oversight. In the interests of providers, because competition is only fair if everyone respects the rules. And in the interests of the viewing and listening public, so that they know how a programme is financed, when it is being sponsored, for example. Switzerland levies radio and TV reception fees. In order to ensure that rural and mountainous regions can enjoy a high level of public broadcasting and receive private stations. OFCOM plays a key role in this. It makes sure that the fees are collected. And, as the Federal Council's representative, that they are set correctly and allocated as intended among the state-run SSR and privately operated stations.