Press subsidies

Swiss Post takes an interest in a press market that runs smoothly, and is in favour of the Confederation’s promotion of a diverse press landscape in Switzerland. Because prices for newspaper delivery are in deficit, the Confederation pays a total subsidy contribution of 50 million francs per year through indirect press subsidization. In the medium term, Swiss Post’s objective is to no longer commit itself to a loss-making price and to achieve full cost coverage in the delivery of newspapers and magazines.

With the implementation of the new Postal Services Act on 1 October 2012, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) assumed new functions within the postal market, namely the evaluation of press subsidy requests.