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Supervision of radio and television
The supervision of services is first and foremost the task of the broadcasters' own ombudsmen's offices. Anyone who is not satisfied with the decision of this office can take their case to the independent radio and television appeals body (UBI). This appeals body publishes its decisions, against which further appeal can be lodged with the Federal Supreme Court. SRG SSR recently became a member of the Swiss press council, the Schweizer Presserat foundation. The Board of Trustees of this supervisory authority for the Swiss press approved the expansion of its membership on 5 June 2008. By taking a seat on the Board of Trustees, SRG SSR recognised the Presserat as a self-regulation body for editorial media content. This goes hand in hand with recognition for the code of professional ethics, the Declaration of the Duties and Rights of Journalists.
The Federal Office for Communications (OFCOM) is responsible for the administrative and financial supervision of broadcasters. Responsibility for the financial supervision of SRG SSR lies with the Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). In practice, the emphasis is on supervisory procedures as they relate to advertising and sponsorship. OFCOM publishes its decisions, against which appeals can be lodged with the Federal Administrative Court. As a rule, cases may ultimately be brought before the Federal Supreme Court.