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Yes! But hey you made it in the end.
The number of jokes I can make about coming out of an entrance instead of the exit...

Anyway, back to Billag. Surely in this traditional country, they won't switch SRF off, therefore if they scrap billag, it'll just be funded through taxation.

The fairest way is to charge only people who use TV/Radio but then online is a massive grey area as TV is blurring with online so much. Perhaps moving to collecting it through taxes is unavoidable..
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The number of jokes I can make about coming out of an entrance instead of the exit...

Anyway, back to Billag. Surely in this traditional country, they won't switch SRF off, therefore if they scrap billag, it'll just be funded through taxation.

The fairest way is to charge only people who use TV/Radio but then online is a massive grey area as TV is blurring with online so much. Perhaps moving to collecting it through taxes is unavoidable..
I don't know if we will see SRG going away completely. I have the impression a lot of Swiss don't think highly of it and wouldn't mind seeing the end of it. The Swiss may be conservative but they are also pragmatic and don't seek to hold onto things for the sake of it or because it maybe reminds them of the good old days when everything was supposedly better, the way we Brits tend to do in similar situations.

However, if funding switches to taxation, that would give the government and parliament a bigger say in how much money they get and I can definietly see the SVP side apply the crowbar here to get that allocation cut (this is ultimately the reason why the rest of the govermnment is so much against an abolition of Billag). Partial defunding wouldn't necessarily be the end of SRG but might lead to some consolidation and returning to core responsibilities rather than the seemingly endless number of channels, online content and other low value material it is presently pushing out - all of which surely goes well beyond its actual core charter.

Having said that, the argument raised by the pro side so far have all been rather weak and lacking in substance, if not just ad hominen attacks on those wisjing to abolish it. Not much smarter than what the pro Billag folks here on the EF are saying in fact. So I don't know if they're not taking the threat seriously or if they are genuinely blinded to what's going on.
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