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SRG is gradually opening its radio and television archives to the public. In doing so, SRG is implementing what it has set out in its corporate and service strategy: it helps to preserve the country's acoustic and audiovisual memory. The technical prerequisite for this is the digitization of the archived content, which is well advanced.

What are the SRG archives?

The SRG archives contain over two million hours of radio and television broadcasts from the corporate units. The fund goes back to the early 1930s. «The archives are an important part of the daily programming. They allow events and personalities to be recalled in a lifelike way. In addition, they help research to gain new knowledge and offer teaching new, up-to-date opportunities to convey the learning material, ”explains Theo Mäusli, specialist on offerings and innovation.

Since 2016, SRG has been legally mandated not only to preserve its radio and television archives, but also to open them as widely as possible. The prerequisites for this are good, because SRG has almost completely digitized its archives. Important partners in digitization were the Swiss National Sound Archives, the Memoriav association and the SRG cultural heritage foundations (Fonsart, Kulturerbe SRF, Patrimonio culturale RSI).

How can I use the archives?

The corporate units open their archives for their regional audience primarily through their own channels, but this is done in a coordinated manner across the SRG, where appropriate.

The opening of the SRG archives is based on five pillars. There are different approaches depending on the target group:

First pillar: archive pages and offers from the company units

The corporate units offer numerous options for finding archive content on topics, locations and even personal life data. This includes archive websites, regular archive broadcasts or topics enriched with archive material on radio and television, installations and events (often in cooperation with partners) as well as attractive social media offers. Examples of online exploitation are:

  • RSI: Play RSI: La tua storia, lanostraStoria, the totem installations and Facebook page
  • RTR:, Play RTR archiv, Facebook page, YouTube channels and nossaIstorgia
  • RTS:, notreHistoire, Facebook page and YouTube channels
  • SRF:, Facebook page, YouTube channels and the prototype of a biography tool (currently not yet publicly available)

Second pillar: access to radio and television services via player

Almost two million audio and video documents can currently be found online on the players of the company units. All content is offered to which SRG has the rights or to which it can acquire on reasonable terms. In-house productions have unlimited availability after their publication, and purchased content is often available as catch-up for seven days after it has been broadcast. "Play" is now an invaluable archive that is continually being filled back into the past. Access to the content in the player is primarily via the search function.

Third pillar: access via interface for programmers and designers

Since 2017, SRG has made a selection of digital metadata and content available for research and development purposes free of charge on the internet platform via various APIs (Application Programming Interface) (see media release of February 15, 2017). These are selected audio documents, videos, program data for radio and TV, subtitles, teletext data, as well as voting and election results dating back to 1905. Programmers and designers can use the digital material to develop new applications for computers, tablets and smartphones.

Fourth pillar: access via terminals at cultural institutions, schools and universities

Since 2018, more than 60 public libraries, documentation centers, universities and schools in all parts of the country have been able to set up local research access to the digital archives of the SRG as well as to the audiovisual databases of the Swiss National Sound Archives and Memoriav (see media release of October 24, 2018) . Above all, historical research and teaching should benefit from this. The consultation stations in libraries are also open to the general public.

Fifth pillar: access for Swiss media houses

Journalists from Swiss media companies have been able to research the SRG archives since June 2019 and download selected videos via the shared content platform for use on their website (see press release of June 13, 2019). The rights to the content remain with SRG. The media companies can, however, publish the videos on their own, often advertising-financed website.

SRG is one of the first media companies in the world to push ahead with the digitization and opening of its archives so consistently.