RTR Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha
RTR Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha is the only electronic media organisation to provide public service output for Romansh-speaking Svizra rumantscha, one of Switzerland’s four language regions. Romansh has been recognised as a national language in Switzerland since 1938 and was given partially official status at Confederation level in 1996. Today, Romansh is understood by over 100,000 people in Switzerland, is spoken regularly by 60,000 and is the main language of around 30,000. RTR performs a bridging function in the linguistically fragmented canton of Graubünden and reaches out to the scattered Romansh-speaking communities throughout Switzerland and beyond its national borders.
~ 125 full-time equivalents
spread among ~ 170 individuals
- Ladina Heimgartner, Director of RTR
- Beat Lozza, Head of Finance and HR, RTR
- Gian Ramming, Editor-in-Chief, RTR
- Pius Paulin, Head of IT and Technology, RTR
RR broadcasts around the clock in Romansh. It borrows some news and current affairs programmes, including “Rendez-vous”, “Echo der Zeit” and news updates between midnight and 5 a.m., from Schweizer Radio SRF. The RR schedule is aimed at a broad audience, offering varied entertainment as well as a combination of local and international news and sport embedded in a 24-hour music mix encompassing contemporary pop, Swiss Schlager and folk music as well as oldies. RR also specialises in authentic Romansh music in all its forms, from choral to brass to rock and pop. Many of the recordings played were produced by RR itself and are thus exclusive to the station.
TR can be seen every day on SRF1. “Telesguard”, which airs at 5.40 p.m. from Monday to Friday (with repeats between 6 and 7.30 p.m. and at 10 p.m. on SRFinfo) is an up-to-the-minute daily news and current affairs programme about the canton of Graubünden and Romansh-speaking Switzerland. The children’s current affairs show “Minisguard” airs every Saturday at 5.40 p.m. and is repeated on Sunday at 5.15 p.m. On Sundays at 5.25 p.m., the magazine programme “Cuntrasts” lives up to its name, meaning “Contrasts”: the film features are as colourful and varied as the canton itself. Several times a year, “Cuntrasts” is replaced by the politics show “Controvers”, featuring lively debate on political life in Graubünden and Switzerland as a whole. In addition, TR produces four editions of “Pled sin via” (Word on Sunday, a short religious/spiritual programme) a year.
TR programmes are broadcast nationally on the main channel of Schweizer Fernsehen SRF1. They are subtitled in German and offer the rest of Switzerland a regular opportunity to get to know more about the country’s smallest language minority. Subtitles can be called up on TXT page 777. TR’s films, as well as having a strong following among the Romansh-speaking Swiss, have even won national and international awards.
The website www.rtr.ch has provided information to complement RTR’s radio and television programmes since 1997. The online offering is being added to all the time. Since the start of 2005, for example, all RR and TR news and current affairs programmes have been available in audio and video form on the Internet. A dedicated editorial team was placed in charge of online content in 2006. The youth portal www.battaporta.rtr.ch , il link avra en ina nova fanestrawas launched in 2007, followed in 2008 by www.minisguard.ch, il link avra en ina nova fanestra for younger children.