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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is SRG's most senior management body. It is in overall charge of the business and bears responsibility towards the charter authority for achieving the output and service targets set down in law and in the charter. In addition to its entrepreneurial duties it is also the association's management board of SRG SSR. Under the terms of Art. 716 a and b of the Swiss Code of Obligations (Obligationenrecht, OR) and the Enterprise's statutes, it has delegated management of the Enterprise's business, and the overall management of services as per the Organisational Regulations, to the Director General, with the exception of its non-delegable and inalienable powers and the other decision-making authority that it alone holds.
The Organizational Regulations (completely revised on 13 December 2013) describe the outlines of the enterprise structure, set out the senior management level of the association and the enterprise and specify their duties and competencies, taking the structural reform of 2010 into account. The new Organizational Regulations came into force on 1 January 2014.
The SRG SSR Board of Directors comprises nine members:
- The four Chairmen of the regional companies are Board members ex officio.
- The Delegates' Meeting elects three further members.
- Two members are appointed by the Federal Council.
The nine members of the Board of Directors also participate in the Delegates' Meeting, which elects the Chairman, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Delegates Meeting. Otherwise, the Board of Directors is self-constituting. It elects one or two deputy chairmen/women and appoints an Audit Committee, a Human Resources Committee, an Investment Committee, a Transparency Committee and a SWI swissinfo.ch Committee. The SRG Chairman and the Chairmen of the regional companies constitute the Regional Presidents working group. The Board of Directors also nominates a Central Secretary, who is not a member of the Board. Internal Audit supports the Board of Directors and Audit Committee in fulfilling their supervisory and controlling obligations. The Director General usually attends the meetings of the Board of Directors and has the right to make proposals and to act in an advisory capacity.
The present four-year term of the Board of Directors runs until the end of 2015.
The interplay between the Board of Directors and the Regional Boards
The Regional Boards are responsible for drawing up programming strategies within the framework set by the Board of Directors. The Regional Boards then allocate the programme funding (cost framework) granted to them by the Board of Directors to their various programming strands or areas. They also make proposals to the Board of Directors on the following programming-related items of business:
- Appointment of the Directors of the Enterprise Units,
- Appointment of managers at the second management level who have programming responsibility,
- Changes to regional studio locations,
- Changes to the regional breakdown within Enterprise Units,
- Changes to second-level management with programming responsibility within the Enterprise Units.
If the Board of Directors does not approve such proposals, it will generally refer them back to the regional Board with certain provisos. If the programming concepts of the Regional Boards and the associated allocation of funding differ from the vision of the Board of Directors, the latter has the final word. The Regional Boards can also make proposals to the Board of Directors in connection with the quality and public service element of the Enterprise Units' output.