The 46-year-old historian succeeds the former editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher ZeitungMarkus Spillmann, who has chaired the foundation since 2017. The 53-year-old will not be standing for a second term.
Fehr has been MAZ director since May 2020. She previously held various positions at Somedia (formerly Südostschweiz Medien), most recently as Head of Journalism for Newspapers, Radio, TV and Online for several years. Among other things, she is a member of the board of the Conference of Editors-in-Chief, president of the association "real21 - Understanding the World" and a member of the Prix Transparence jury.
Fehr is taking over the presidency of the foundation at a time when the organization has set the course for the future after various structural reform steps, according to the statement. However, money remains a challenge, according to the statement. The financial situation remains tense, the foundation writes.
The newly elected president expressed confidence. "The Swiss Press Council has impressively demonstrated, not least in recent months, how important an independent professional and media-ethical complaints authority is in our media system," Fehr is quoted as saying in the statement. (SDA)