Solothurn stands behind Radio 32 and AZ Medien

The Solothurn government council has no objections to AZ Medien indirectly becoming co-owner of Solothurn's local radio station Radio 32 again. Radio 32 continues to fulfill the performance mandate contained in the concession.

The previous coverage of the canton of Solothurn by the media and the radio program targeted at the coverage area Solothurn-Olten remains guaranteed, the State Chancellery announced on Tuesday. The background to the statement is the fact that the Aargauer media company now holds the majority in Dietschi, the publisher of the Oltner Tagblatt. The latter has a 21.9 percent stake in Radio 32. Radio 32 submitted an application to the Federal Office of Communications (Bakom) for the economic transfer of the license. According to the Radio and Television Act, an economic transfer occurs when more than 20 percent of the licensee's share capital or voting rights change hands. At the end of 2012, AZ Medien had to sell its then stake in Solothurn local radio to Gassmann (Bieler Tagblatt). The publisher of the Aargauer Zeitung already owns two radio stations, Radio 24 and Radio Argovia. (SDA)

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