Radio and television RSI cuts 45 full-time positions

As part of cost-cutting measures, Radiotelevisione Svizzera RSI is cutting 45 full-time positions, the company announced. 11 jobs could have been cut through "natural fluctuations". A further 34 jobs would have to be cut by the end of 2022.

Radio und Fernsehen RSI streicht 45 VollzeitstellenThe announced cost-cutting measure is part of a transformation process, director Mario Timbal is quoted as saying in the statement. In total, RSI has just under 1,000 full-time positions.

According to the communiqué, the initiated process is based on three pillars: First, RSI wants to achieve a "greater transversality" in the creation, production and distribution of content.

Secondly, the company is striving to "further simplify production and decision-making processes" and thirdly, it wants to record all organizational and operational processes even better in order to make the company "even more agile, flexible, faster and more present".

The reorganization of RSI also provides for new decision-making and organizational processes to "support the creative process. At the same time, according to the media release, the various audience groups in Switzerland are to be placed "at the center of the public service offering".

The package of measures was presented to the social partner SSM a few days ago, as RSI's communications department notes. The union has initiated "a participatory phase" that will last until the end of September. Final decisions would be announced by mid-October.

SRG SSR must cut a total of 250 jobs by 2024. Radiotelevisione Svizzera, based in Lugano, is an SRG SSR enterprise unit and must save CHF 8 million by that date, according to the communiqué. (SDA)

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