SRF reorganises management structure in the Channels Radio division

The Channels Radio unit at SRF will have a new management structure from 1 April 2022: in future, the programme management at Radio SRF 1 will also be responsible for the music wave, while that at Radio SRF 3 will also be responsible for Virus. A new central planning function will be created for all channels.

In summer 2022, the editorial teams of Radio SRF 1, SRF 3, Virus and Musikwelle will move into the new production site on the Leutschenbach campus. The workspaces in the so-called Radio Hall have been designed in such a way that the teams can work together more efficiently and even more across programmes, according to a letter from SRF. As a result, linear radio programmes can be produced with less management effort and resources can be shifted to digital production. This requires an adjustment of the management structure, in which the same or similar functions are combined today.

In future, the programme management of Radio SRF 1 will also be responsible for Musikwelle, while that of Radio SRF 3 will also be responsible for Virus. Together with a team leader at Musikwelle and at Virus, they will ensure that the two channels continue to have an independent profile.

The management level below Head of Division Robert Ruckstuhl will also include the positions of Head of SRF 2 Culture in Basel and Head of Music Programming Channels Radio, as well as the new functions of Head of Planning Radio and Online and Head of Digital Audio, including Team Radio Online, in addition to the programme directors Radio SRF 1 / Musikwelle and Radio SRF 3 / Virus. According to SRF, these management positions will be advertised internally in October, with individual appointments possible.

In a next step at the beginning of 2022, the future managers will appoint their team leaders. The current cadre level of daily managers (TAV) will then no longer exist at the individual radio stations. In future, these tasks will be taken on alternately by the programme management teams at Radio SRF 1 / Musikwelle and Radio SRF 3 / Virus.

job cuts in management

The reorganisation will involve job cuts in the management area, SRF writes. Linear radio programmes could be produced with less management effort in the future organisation, which would allow jobs to be shifted to the production of audio offerings for young target groups. SRF plans to implement these shifts with existing employees wherever possible.

The new organisation in the Channels Radio division will come into effect on 1 April 2022. The move of the teams from the Brunnenhof radio studio to the Radio Hall will be staggered in August 2022. (pd/swi)

Robert Ruckstuhl, Head of Channels Radio at SRF, answers three questions about the reorganisation of the management structure. (Image: SRF)

Why does the Channels Radio division need a new management structure in view of the move to the Radio Hall?

Robert Ruckstuhl: Today's management structure, as well as the premises in the Brunnenhof studio, are still strongly geared towards classic radio production - with separate teams and small workspaces for the respective radio programmes. This no longer meets today's multimedia production needs. In the Radio Hall, with its large, interconnected workspaces, the teams will work much more across programs. Where parallel management processes, such as in planning and control, can be merged well, we save on management costs. Where specific profiling takes place, we will retain the specific management structures for each station.

With the streamlining of the management structure, an entire level of management, the so-called day-to-day managers, is disappearing. Have there been too many bosses at the radio stations up to now?

No. Today's organization is still based on classic radio production, with a separate management team for each radio program. In reality, we already work together much more closely and across program boundaries. But when each team is on its own floor, there are limits to how much we can work together. This opens up completely new possibilities for us in the Radio Hall to plan and realize radio and online content for all channels in a more uncomplicated and thus also more efficient way. The day-to-day managers have many operational coordinating tasks. Therefore, in the future their function will merge with that of the journalistic management. The move to the Radio Hall is the right moment for this change.

In future, the programme management of Radio SRF 1 will also be responsible for Musikwelle, and that of Radio SRF 3 for Virus. Will the individual stations lose importance as a result?

The fact that each station retains its own profile was one of the specifications in the project. That's why each program continues to have its own management, in the case of Musikwelle and Virus in the form of a team management. One of their tasks is to maintain the individual station profiles. In addition, Radio SRF 1 and Musikwelle as well as Radio SRF 3 and Virus are each aimed at similar target groups. In reality, the stations often report on similar or even the same topics. That's why content planning has long been carried out across programme boundaries. The way we are set up today requires a lot of coordination, and inevitably there are sometimes duplications. With shorter paths and under a common program management, these are eliminated. At the same time, the team leaders and especially the core teams of the stations with the presenters and producers continue to ensure that the individual stations maintain their specific profiles.

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