The Weko has found Südostschweiz Medien to be in a dominant position in the areas of readership, print advertising and radio advertising. This was announced independently on Thursday by Südostschweiz Medien and its opponent, Roger Schawinski's Radio Südost and his partner Stefan Bühler from Chur.
However, the Weko's opinion has no immediate impact on the tussle over the licence between Radio Grischa of Südostschweiz Medien and Radio Südost. The decisive factor for the award is not the mere fact of a dominant market position, but only any abuse of this position. Whether this is the case must now be examined by the Federal Office of Communications (Bakom).
However, should Bakom find abuse by Südostschweiz Medien, Radio Grischa would lose its current provisional licence and Radio Südost would be awarded the licence. Both parties expect a decision before the end of the year.
The dispute over the licence dates back to 2008. At that time, the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC awarded the VHF local radio licence for Graubünden and Glarus to Radio Grischa. The unsuccessful Radio Südost of Schawinski and Bühler then lodged an appeal with the Federal Administrative Court. The judges in Bern upheld the appeal, annulled the licence order and referred the matter back to DETEC for a reassessment. The latter then brought the matter before the Comco.