by Malcolm Curtis|The Local Switzerland|August 30, 2013
World Radio Switzerland (WRS) will broadcast on Saturday for its last day as the country’s only publicly run English-language radio station.
The station, owned by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), is being privatized after five years of operation, although the new owners Anglo Media will not be able to keep its FM licence.
Anglo Media, headed by former WRS presenter Mark Butcher and expat entrepreneur Peter Sibley, will continue broadcasting the station on FM 101.7 through September.
After that the station will broadcast through DAB+ (digital broadcasting) and on the internet.
“It’s vital that the international community here retains its strong voice and we are making sure that high quality English radio continues, despite the unpopular decision by the Swiss federal government to remove FM from the region,” Butcher said in a statement.
Anglo Media has been running an internet station called Radio Frontier, aimed at expats in the Geneva area, which is being discontinued.
While WRS is a national radio station, it is based in Geneva and its FM signal can only be picked up in the Geneva area.
The federal government announced in May that it would not accept either of the bids for the station’s FM licence made by WRS management and Anglo Media.
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