The SRG SSR timeline since 1931

SRG assumes responsibility for telephone broadcasting

SRG takes over responsibility for broadcasting via the telephone network from the Post Office. Broadcasting using the telephone network ensures Swiss listeners can receive SRG’s programmes loud and clear, as well as some foreign stations.

Annual report 1952

Test TV service launched

SRG delivers an official test TV service: The Bellerive studio in Zurich broadcasts for around an hour five nights a week, with its schedule featuring the ‘Tagesschau’ daily news bulletin. Geneva gets its own licence for test broadcasts at around the same time.

Annual report 1953

Eurovision founded

Eight European TV stations come together to found Eurovision, an organisation designed to promote the exchange of programming internationally. SRG is heavily involved from the start.

The licence fee goes up again

The licence fee is raised by 30 per cent, triggering a storm of protest.

Annual report 1954

Annual report 1955

FM arrives

The FM signal is introduced, leading to improved reception and allowing the national broadcasters to expand to two stations each.

The first Eurovision Song Contest

In 1956, Lugano hosted the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest. The event represents a watershed moment for television entertainment, and a Swiss national triumph to boot, as local performer Lys Assia wins the first Eurovision ‘Grand Prix’ with her song ‘Refrain’.