After harassment at RTS and RSI: Confederation expects swift action

Following allegations of harassment at the French- and Italian-language broadcasters, the Confederation expects those responsible to implement planned measures quickly. This is the only way that the company can once again fulfil the role model function expected of it.

Specifically, the Confederation sees those responsible at the French-speaking Swiss radio and television station RTS, the Italian-speaking station RSI and the Swiss radio and television company SRG as the parent company. This is what the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) told the Keystone-SDA news agency on Friday.

The Uvek took note of the measures taken by the SRG Board of Directors to improve the protection of employees' personal integrity. The federal authority also took note of the recommendations on harassment formulated by a collective of lawyers and the SSM media union to the RTS management.

The department of Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga pointed out that it had no formal supervisory powers in the matter. SRG was independent and therefore solely responsible for regulating questions of personnel law. The independence enshrined in the Constitution and in the law was indispensable for reasons of state and media policy and had been expressly laid down by the legislature.

Sommaruga had already condemned "every form of discrimination and harassment" last year after cases of harassment came to light. She signalled to SRG's top management that a change in corporate culture would have to take place.

On Thursday, a collective of lawyers commissioned by RTS presented a report with 220 witnesses, according to which there had been many violations of personality at the broadcaster over the past twenty years. The SRG Board of Directors adopted a catalogue of measures to improve the operating culture. Implementation was to begin immediately. The SSM union described the catalogue as insufficient. (SDA)

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