Notification of a radio or television programme service

If you are the broadcaster of a radio or television programme service which is subject to notification (according to Article 3 of the Radio and Television Act (RTVA), you can officially notify this programme service here.

Anyone wishing to broadcast a Swiss radio or television programme service who is not subject to licensing must notify OFCOM before starting broadcasting.

If you are the broadcaster of a radio or television programme service which is subject to notification (according to Article 3 of the Radio and Television Act (RTVA), you can officially notify this programme service here.

A licence is required by the Swiss Radio and Television Corporation (SRG SSR) and by the other broadcasters with a performance mandate (with or without fee-splitting). This applies in particular to those broadcasters which make use of VHF frequencies. All other broadcasters of programme services must register with OFCOM before starting transmission. If a broadcaster does not meet this obligation, it may be subject to an administrative penalty.

Internet programme services must also be registered

The RTVA is technology-neutral, i.e. its scope does not depend on the type of transmission (internet, cable, frequencies). Therefore in principle all radio and television offerings are governed by this law, unless they are of minor importance in media terms. These relate to offerings which can be received simultaneously by fewer than 1000 devices or which broadcast editorially unprocessed data (weather images, time information, emergency numbers, etc.). Web radio or internet television broadcasters are now also obliged to register.

The registration obligation must also be complied with in full by existing broadcasters if they continue to broadcast a radio or television programme service after their licence has expired or after they have dispensed with a licence.

The registration obligation also applies to short-term cable broadcasts. However, if such broadcasts are made over VHF frequencies, the licensing obligation applies. Use the following link to apply for a licence:

Submit an application for a regional VHF licence for short-term events

The information provided by the broadcaster is used by OFCOM to perform its supervisory activity, especially in relation to concentration of the media. OFCOM may publish the data which has been notified. It therefore serves the public.

Fees and penalties up to CHF 10,000

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) regulates which changes to notifiable circumstances must be reported to OFCOM and within which timeframe.

Anyone who does not comply with, or complies belatedly or incompletely with the registration obligation or who provides false information may be subject to an administrative penalty of up to CHF 10,000 (Art. 90, para. 2 lit. a RTVA).

For recording the details of a broadcaster which is obliged to register and of changes to circumstances which must be notified, OFCOM levies an administration fee only if the broadcaster, as a result of its conduct, causes expenditure to be incurred which exceeds mere recording.

Further information

The legal basis of the registration obligation for programmes can be found in Article 3 letter a of the Radio and Television Act (RTVA / CC 784.40) and Articles 2, 3 and 78 para. 4 of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO / CC 784.401)

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