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Public broadcaster approves restructuring

Switzerland's public broadcaster on Thursday announced plans to consolidate editorial, technical and administrative services within its television and radio units.

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) said the gradual merging of support services would help the organisation cut annual costs by ten per cent.

The SBC, the parent company of swissinfo, posted a deficit of SFr79 million ($69.3 million) for 2008.

The SBC's chairman, Jean-Bernard Münch, said the money saved through the restructuring of the organisation would be used in its editorial departments.

Officials also dismissed concerns that the bureaucracy of the SBC's television broadcasters would dominate that of its radio stations, and that studios in the country's four language regions would be centralised.

The SBC's domestic units produce television and radio programmes as well as internet content in German, French, Italian and Romansh.

The company, which is funded by licensing fees, has a workforce of nearly 6,000 people.


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