Newsletter No 381 (02.09.2019)

You could be interested by new pages which have been published on the OFCOM website between 15.08.2019 and 31.08.2019.


Frequencies and licences for the Youth Olympic Games 2020

If you intend to operate wireless radio equipment subject to a licence (e.g. radiotelephony, data radio, wireless cameras, Satellite News Gathering SNG equipment, etc.), you should submit an application for a licence to the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM by 31 October 2019 in order to obtain a temporary radio licence in good time.


World Radiocommunication Conference: OFCOM to represent Switzerland's interests

Making new frequencies available to ensure the harmonisation and continued development of wireless communication services: that will be the topic of the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 28 October to 22 November 2019. On 21 August 2019, the Federal Council commissioned the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) with representing Switzerland's interests at the conference. The Swiss delegation will be headed by Philippe Horisberger, Deputy Director of OFCOM.


Federal council proposes package of measures to support the media

On 28 August 2019, the Federal Council called for efficient and rapidly implementable measures for the online media and newspapers. In the first half of 2020 it will submit to Parliament a package of measures to support the media. This will provide financial re-sources for the online media. In addition, more daily and weekly newspapers than be-fore will benefit from indirect press support. The Federal Council will not propose a new Federal Act on Electronic Media.


FM broadcasting will be switched off by the end of 2024 at the latest

Radio stations in Switzerland will only be available via FM until the end of 2024. Bernard Maissen, OFCOM Vice-Director, explains this on SwissRadioDay in Zurich. He bases his decision on the existing agreement of the radio industry and the legal basis. According to the studies available to OFCOM, at the end of June 2019 only 17 per cent were using this reception channel exclusively.


Diverse and dynamic: Radios fulfil their mandate – save exceptions

Switzerland still has a diverse and dynamic radio scene. This is the conclusion reached by the Publicom research institute, which examined in 2018 the SRG radio stations in the French-speaking region and all licensed local radio stations on behalf of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). However, the studies also point out weaknesses of the evaluated radios: The RTS radios provide little information on other language regions and some local radios have little regional coverage.


Individual studies

Individual studies with various thematic emphases are collected under this heading.


Specialist staff
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