YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO RADIO AND TELEVISION
In Switzerland, you are legally obligated to pay the radio and television fees. By paying the fees you enable radio and television programmes in every part of Switzerland.
The radio and television fees represent the financial basis of radio and television in Switzerland. Thanks to your contribution, it is possible to offer daily Swiss programmes in every linguistic region of the country. The fees also enable several radio and television broadcasters to offer independent programming services. The federal government decides which broadcasters receive fees and what amount is allocated to them.
Companies that use receiving devices in order to provide information or entertainement to their employees or customers are required to pay professional or commercial reception fees. Companies usually pay copyright royalties as well.
Receiving devices include the following:
- radios (including car radios in company cars), mobile phones with radio reception and computers (including tablets) with internet access, television and/or TV-Box with integrated radio reception
- television, mobile phones with television reception and computers (including tablets) with internet access, insofar as you have an account (including free accounts) with an internet television provider
- You can find information about the special rules applicable to one-person and family businesses in the FAQs.
- Employees using a personal device at work for their own exclusive use (e.g.in an individual office) are covered by their private radio and television fees.
- You are not obliged to pay the fees if you don't have any conventional receiving devices in your company and if you have prohibited your staff, by means of a written instruction, to receive radio and watch television programmes via the internet. An example of such an instruction can be found here (german version).
You can deregister under certain circumstances. For instance, if you no longer own devices that can be used to receive radio or television programmes (including company cars, etc.) or if you close your company. Please note that a deregistration has to be submitted to us in writting.