The Swiss public voted overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the country’s TV and radio licence fee at the weekend.
The No Billag initiative, referring to the name of the private company responsible for collecting the 451 Swiss francs licence fee, called for its abolition in 2015 and raised over 100,000 signatories which resulted in the public vote.
The No Billag initiative was rejected by 71% of the population with all four of Switzerland's linguistic region voting to support the licence fee.
Noel Curran, director general of the European Broadcasting Union said: “We are delighted that the public have voted in such huge numbers to retain the licence fee in Switzerland. This is a real vote of confidence in public service media and its critical role in enriching the cultural, social, economic and democratic life of society. The campaign has also afforded all of us an opportunity to reflect on the future of public service media and on the lessons learned.”
DTG Staff | 06.03.2018