The IRF Interessengemeinschaft Radio und Fernsehen advocates a diverse TV and radio landscape and aims to maintain the common interests of national and international broadcasters when it comes to the design of the relevant political, legal and economic framework.
The decision to jointly represent the interests of the broadcasters under the IRF name was the result of a groundbreaking supreme court decision (BG 107 II 82) secured by the ORF in 1981. With said decision, the highest Swiss court confirmed for the first time that programmes of a broadcaster may only be re-transmitted by wire or wirelessly with their permission.
The founding members, which, in addition to the SRG, also included the German broadcasters ARD and ZDF as well as the ORF, had set themselves the goal to enable cable TV operators to collectively obtain the necessary cable rights from the broadcasters in a simple and efficient process. By means of this structure, they had thus created a legal basis for the rapid development of future cable television.
Subsequently, all national and international broadcasters joined the IRF, provided that their broadcasting range entitled them to participate in the distribution of the cable re-transmission remuneration of IRF. In 2013, the interest group was converted into an association with the name Interessengemeinschaft Radio Fernsehen (IRF).
- Attorney-at-law, lic. iur. Andrea Werder, LL.M. (Managing Director)
Delegates and members of the domestic Distribution Committee
The domestic Distribution Committee is composed of seven national delegates and based on equal representation.
Delegates and members of the foreign Distribution Committee
The foreign Distribution Committee is composed of ten international delegates and based on equal representation.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of nine members.
- Susanne Costede
- Roger Elsener
- Prof. Dr. Albrecht Hesse
- Dr. Gabriela Krassnigg-Kulhavy
- Dr. Monica Pizzoli
- Dr. Michael Schweizer
- Prof. Dr. Stefan Sporn
- Peter Weber
- Stephanie Weber
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