In Switzerland, federalism and language diversity have led to an above-average amount of what can be found on offer in all media types. The high number of special-interest publications is explained primarily by the existence of four national languages which results in the multiplication of specialized titles. The diversity of the Swiss press reflects the federalist and multilingual structures of Switzerland. The high number of newspapers is also connected with the strong anchoring of the local and regional press in the population. News coverage of one’s close surroundings has a long tradition in Switzerland and symbolizes basic democracy, so that even the “large” Swiss daily newspapers set value on their anchoring in local areas. For years, Swiss media agencies have not only been involved in print and on-line markets, but also in local radio stations and regional television channels. With the high number of print products, it is no wonder that in the whole of Switzerland, print is far ahead in media consumption.
When we consider the higher social class, print and Internet consumption remain stable at about 98%.
General Internet consumption of the total population amounts to about 70%, and this tendency is on the rise.
No other country in a European comparison has a greater newspaper density per capita than does Switzerland.
The mandate of the Swiss Public Broadcasting Corporation (SRG, SSR, idée suisse) is to produce and disseminate radio and television programmes in the country's four languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. For this reason, the radio and television studios are located in the different language regions and additional funds are made available to enable the French and Italian language regions to produce as many programmes in their respective languages as in the German-speaking region of Switzerland.
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