Milestones 2015

Milestones 2015

10 January, SwissAwards
At a gala evening in Zurich, the 13th SwissAwards are presented in the categories of politics, business, the arts, entertainment, and society. Didier Burkhalter is crowned "Swiss Person of the Year 2014", and Udo Jürgens is honoured posthumously with the Lifetime Award.

12 January, RTS Info en continu
RTS launches "RTS Info en continu", a news stream from flagship radio, TV and multimedia news and current affairs and sports programming. "RTS Info en continu" is available via the internet and for smartphones and tablets.

19 January, New RTR Studio
Bright, open and modern ‒‒ that's the new RTR television studio, which meets high technological and graphical standards.

22 – 29 January, Solothurner Filmtage
The Solothurner Filmtage film festival, which is always held in the fourth week of January, celebrates its half-century. Both principal awards – the Prix de Soleure and the Prix du public ‒ are awarded to films co-produced by SRG as part of the Pacte de l’audiovisuel: "Spartiates", by Nicolas Wadimoff, and "Usfahrt Oerlike" by Paul Riniker.  

2 February, New Website
The Radio Televisiun Rumantscha website has a whole new look. The new site takes changing audience needs into account, shines the spotlight on regional news and, above all, offers multimedia content.

5 February, Top-Class Volleyball Live on the Net
SRG and Swiss Volley embark on a new joint online project. For the first time, the audience is able to follow the decisive games at the highest level live on the internet. The matches, plus commentary in the individual national languages, can be seen and heard via the SRF, RTS and RSI webstreams.

8 February, Couler 3 is "Radio Station of the Year"
Couleur 3 is honoured at the European Radio Show in Paris. The RTS radio station wins the award for the French public radio station of the year.

9 March, Tour de Suisse
The Tour de Suisse will continue to be screened on SRG's channels for the next four years. SRG and marketing agency InfrontRingier, which is now responsible for the Tour, have agreed upon a partnership.

13 March, Swiss Film Awards
The Swiss Film Awards are presented for the eighteenth time in the presence of Federal Councillor Alain Berset. The docu-drama "Der Kreis" is the evening's big winner, taking home four awards. Others include "Electroboy". The principal acting awards go to Sabine Timoteo and Sven Schelker. The ceremony is held in the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, and is broadcast as a live stream by SRF, RTS and RSI, with support from SRG.

21 – 28 March, Fribourg International Film Festival
"González", by Christian Díaz Pardo, wins the major Regard d’or award at the close of the 29th Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF), which attracts more than 40,000 movie-goers. SRG is media partner to the FIFF, which offers a platform for screenwriters, producers and distributors who are fighting an increasingly formulaic approach to film-making. 

26 March, SRG Establishes Cloud-Based IT Platform
SRG upgrades its technical infrastructure for digital media production. As sourcing partner, Swisscom will set up and operate a cloud-based IT platform in phases up to 2019.

1 April, In the Black
SRG generates a surplus of 4.8 million Swiss francs in 2014. The positive result was achieved thanks to strict financial planning, and despite higher production and personnel expenses owing to a number of major sporting events.

14 April, Viewer-Driven Television
Swisscom launches HbbTV – the multimedia successor to teletext which offers a whole range of interesting functions. SRG's HD channels are among those to offer HbbTV.

17 – 25 April, Visions du Réel
The 46th Visions du Réel film festival takes place in Nyon. The main award goes to Iraqui filmmaker Abbas Fahdel for "Homeland". The RTS coproduction "Une jeunesse allemande" receives the Prix SSA/Suissimage. SRG has been supporting this celebration of documentary film-making for many years.

5 May, National Fundraising Day for Nepal
Swiss Solidarity collects 11 million Swiss francs for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, which caused thousands of deaths and injuries on 25 April. Swiss Solidarity was founded in 1946 at the initiative of SRG. 

12 May, Interactive National Elections

SRG launches the "Politbox" quiz app in the run-up to the national elections. Users can test themselves on a variety of questions on Swiss politics and society. A five-language national production team provides and continues to develop the app's content.

15 – 17 Solothurner Literaturtage literature festival
SRG supports the Solothurner Literaturtage literature festival for the eighth time as its media partner.

22 May, Grüezi Schweiz – Bonjour la Suisse – Destinazione Svizzera
Four countries, four families. They have widely differing backgrounds, but the same aim: a life and a future in Switzerland. SRG followed the families on their way to their new home, and told their stories in the five-part "Grüezi Schweiz – Bonjour la Suisse – Destinazione Svizzera" television series on SRF 1, RTS Un and RSI LA 2.

22 May, Eurovision Song Contest
Mélanie René of Geneva doesn't make it into the final of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with her song "Time to Shine". Victor goes to Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw, with "Heroes". Switzerland is a founder member of the Concours Eurovision de la Chanson, as the programme was originally titled.

28 May, Chairman Steps Down
Raymond Loretan steps down as Chairman and Member of the Board of SRG with effect at the end of the year. Deputy Chairman Viktor Baumeler takes over as Chairman ad interim.

14 June, Yes to Reform of the RTVA
The Swiss electorate approves the new Radio and Television Act (RTVA). In the future, radio and TV are to be financed by a fee that is independent of the device that is used to consume services.

3 – 11 July, NIFFF
SRG supports the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF). Some 130 films from 30 countries feature on the programmes for this festival of fantasy and horror film.

14 July, Mythos Matterhorn
SRG services commemorate the first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years previously with a raft of programmes about this mythical mountain.

1 August, New Concept for National Day Celebrations
"Lueget vo Berg und Tal – Par monts et par vaux – Per monti e valli – Per culms e vals". Presenters from the four linguistic regions of Switzerland travel north, east, south and west around the country, reporting on our unique landscapes and traditions. They then come together on Älggi Alp, the geographical centre of the country, to celebrate Switzerland's national day together.

5 – 15 August, Locarno Film Festival
The Piazza Grande in Locarno is transformed into a starlit cinema for the 68th time. The Golden Leopard goes to South Korean director Hong Sang Soo for his film "Right Now, Wrong Then". SRG is involved in the festival as part of a comprehensive partnership.

10 July, Eusi Landchuchi – Cuisine de chez nous – Cucina nostrana
SRF, RTS and RSI launch a joint cooking competition for the first time. Amateur cooks from rural backgrounds in German-speaking Switzerland test their skills against French-speaking cuisiniers and cuochi from the Ticino. Winner of the first series is Frédéric Blum from Rougemont.

17 August, Alliance Between SRG, Ringier and Swisscom
Ringier, SRG and Swisscom bundle marketing activities for their media services and advertising platforms into a new joint marketing company. Admeira is geared to the rapidly changing needs of advertisers and Swiss media. The company's services are available to all advertisers, agencies and other providers of advertising inventory.

1 – 6 September, Fantoche
The 13th Fantoche International Animation Film Festival is held in Baden. It is one of the most prominent animated film events in the world, and Switzerland's biggest cartoon show. SRG is involved in the festival as part of a media partnership.

5 – 6 September, Schubertiade
A classical music festival with a carnival atmosphere: organised by Espace 2, the 19th Schubertiade is held in the bilingual town of Biel/Bienne, offering its audience a programme from both sides of Switzerland's linguistic and musical divide. SRG stations broadcast a music bouquet which ranges from solo piano concerts to Lieder, chamber music and choral and orchestral arrangements.

7 September, Huge Savings Programme
Following on from an initial 20 million Swiss franc savings programme in 2015, intended to counteract declining advertising revenues, SRG will save a further 40 million Swiss francs from 2016 onwards. The programme is prompted by two factors: the loss of revenue from value-added tax in Switzerland, and the higher proportion of the licence fee that now goes to local and regional broadcasters.

11 September, Swiss Music Prize
The Grand Prix suisse de musique goes to classical oboist, composer and conductor Heinz Holliger. SRG partners the Swiss Music Prize, which was awarded for the second time in 2015.

15 September, National Fundraising Day for Syria
On one day, Swiss Solidarity collects 5.7 million Swiss francs for the refugees and victims of the conflict in Syria. Swiss Solidarity was founded in 1946 at the initiative of SRG. 

24 September – 4 October, Zurich Film Festival
The 11th Zurich Film Festival shows 161 films in eleven days – including 14 premieres. The Golden Eye for the best international feature film is won by "Hrútar", by Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson. The Audience Award goes to "Amateur Teens" by Niklaus Hilber, a coproduction with SRF.

28 September, SRG's National Meeting
The fourth National Meeting of SRG is organised in Chur by regional company SRG Svizra Rumantscha. Its theme is the contribution that SRG makes to democracy.  

6 October, Job Losses
Following the Federal Supreme Court's verdict on the revenue that SRG receives from value-added tax in Switzerland, as well as the higher proportion of the licence fee that now goes to regional broadcasters, SRG must save 40 million Swiss francs a year from 2016 onwards. The Enterprise expects to have to reduce its workforce by around 250.

7 – 11 October, Shnit
SRG supports the Shnit international short film festival for the third time. Shnit regards itself as an international platform for film-makers, screenwriters, producers and film fans, and is held on five continents simultaneously every year. 

21 October, Broadcasting Costs
SRG creates greater transparency. SRF is the first broadcaster within SRG to publish a comprehensive list of the costs of various television programmes.

28 October 2015, Lernfilm-Festival
The fourth Lernfilm-Festival, celebrating student-made educational films, is held at the Kornhausforum in Bern. The entries that are shown at the event all have an educational aim ‒ and this year as in the past, SRG supports the Lernetz-organised festival as a non-profit project.

3 – 8 November, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
The Winterthurer Kurzfilmtage short film festival, which SRG has supported for many years, is held for the 19th time. With some 15,000 visitors, the event is the most important Swiss film festival of its kind. 

6 – 14 November, Tous Ecrans Festival
Cinema, television, mobile phone or internet: the 21st Tous Ecrans film festival in Geneva is a celebration of diversity and moving pictures. SRG has been supporting the festival for many years.

8 November, Wild Life
Where is the animal in you? That was the question asked by a new internet series from RTS entitled "Zweibeiner" ("Two-Legged Creatures"). It follows three young adults, who are observed and filmed in their natural habitats – all in the style of a wildlife documentary. The seven-part series is available on the websites of the RSI, RTR, RTS and SRF Enterprise Units.

27 November, Victor Baumeler Becomes New Chairman of SRG
The SRG Delegates' Meeting elects Viktor Baumeler to serve as Chairman of SRG until 2017 at the latest, and confirms Lucy Küng and Regula Bührer Fecker as members of the Board of Directors for the 2016–2019 period of office.

2 December, Teletext Relaunch
The Teletext service from Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI) and Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) is focused on news content, and is given a new page structure. The news, sport, weather, TV guide, stock market and travel sections are all given more space for information.

10 – 16 December, Jeder Rappen zählt
SRF and the Swiss Solidarity aid charity join forces to hold the Jeder Rappen zählt ("Every Penny Counts") fundraising drive for the seventh time. RTS and RSI also get in involved with one-day campaigns. The 4,109,635 Swiss francs that is collected goes to projects for young people in need in Switzerland and abroad.

12 December, Credit Suisse Sports Awards
Stan Wavrinka, Daniela Ryf and Marcel Hug are the big winners at the Credit Suisse Sports Awards 2015. Ever since 1997, Credit Suisse, along with the Swiss sports journalists association and SRG, has organised a gala evening which is broadcast live.