13,000 people against radio license decision in Graubünden

A Graubünden committee handed over a petition with 12,907 signatures to the federal government in Bern on Wednesday. The radio license decision for Graubünden and Glarus made at the beginning of the year is to be corrected. Radio Südostschweiz (RSO) lost its license to a new station owned by media entrepreneur Roger Schawinski with effect from 2025.

Radio Südostschweiz lost its radio license as of 2025. (Archive image: Keystone/Gian Ehrenzeller)

The committee with the name "RSO ds Radio vu do blibt do" has been collecting signatures against the decision since the end of January, the committee wrote in a press release on Wednesday. "Many people in the cantons of Graubünden, Glarus and St. Gallen want the decision to award the radio license for the years 2025-2034 to be reconsidered and go back to Radio Südostschweiz."

At the beginning of the year, the Graubünden-based broadcaster Radio Südostschweiz, part of the Somedia Group, lost its license after 35 years when the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) awarded radio licenses (Werbewoche.ch reported). The contract was awarded to Zurich media entrepreneur Roger Schawinski, who submitted an application for a new radio station under the name Radio Alpin.

At the end of April, Schawinski also announced that he wanted to use the name "Radio Grischa" for his new Graubünden radio station. Until 2015, however, today's Radio Südostschweiz from Chur broadcast under the name Radio Grischa. The station was then renamed. (SDA/swi)

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