The Radio Frontier only serves the Geneva area of Switzerland whereas WRS is geared to serve the whole of Switzerland. I live in Central Schweiz and have found WRS to be very helpful with my integration into Swiss life. I love listening to the Swiss news in review where the reporters give us the highlights from the headlines of various newspapers from around the country. It's a very valuable daily contribution.
Here is a copy of the information I received yesterday from the Save WRS group. If you haven't already signed the petition please do consider doing so. They need 10,000 signatures!
Happy Friday, SaveWRS Supporters!
So far, we've received no official response to the printed SaveWRS petitions we delivered to the Board of Directors of SSR-SRG. But it's been a good week for supporters of World Radio Switzerland.
Here's some news from the week:
“Swiss Broadcasting Corporation in the black" The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation showed a profit in 2011, the first time in five years. This undermines WRS opponents' claims that financial concerns are driving the decision to shut down the station.
“Le sort de la radio WRS mobilise les expatriés” by Aurélie Toninato of the Tribune de Geneve, outlines many of the main arguments supporting the need for a publicly-supported WRS.
Geneva-based journalist Malcolm Curtis has been covering this debate on his blog; his latest article, a discussion of Radio Frontier's claims of support for privatization, teases an interview with SaveWRS in an upcoming post.
English in Switzerland: Important or not?
In this 2006 article in l'Hebdo, SRG-SSR President Roger de Weck -- the man leading the charge to privatize or close WRS -- comes out in forceful defense of "International Geneva." He argues that the benefits of investing in "International Geneva" is in the interest of all of Switzerland, not just Geneva. But in this case, he was arguing in favor of the 100 million Swiss franc expansion of the Graduate Institute (HEID) -- a Swiss-funded academic institution which teaches entire programs in English.
So Mr. de Weck, what's changed?
SaveWRS: the numbers
From our self-updating report of the petition responses:
As of this writing, we've collected almost 3500 responses to our online petition to save World Radio Switzerland
Most supporters are not trapped within an Anglophone bubble: 63.6% of all respondents speak French fluently, 25.1% are fluent German speakers, and 11.1% speak Italian.
Many of the respondents listed “learning about Swiss culture, politics, and events” among the reasons why they listen – does this sound like resistance to integrating into Swiss society?
Many respondents also said that they use WRS to improve their English skills, indicating that WRS serves an important function even to its non-Anglophone listeners
Keep spreading the word!
We don't need donations, we don't need volunteers. The best thing that supporters of WRS can do is get at least three people they know to sign the petition. Help us get to 10,000 signatures! If each one of you gets three of your friends, family, or colleagues to sign the petition, we’ll easily pass the 10,000 mark.
Here’s the link: www.savewrs.com/sign-the-petition
Email it, Tweet it, shout it from your rooftop!
Once again, thanks for all of your wonderful support. Have a great weekend!
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